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Building Policy Capacity in the Northwest: Invitation to a Dialogue with the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Date: 15 June 2012 Time: 12.30 - 16:30 pm

Venue: Lancaster House Hotel Conference Centre

In a period of economic constraint, policy actors are continually searching for new ways of reaching their complex goals and new partners for achieving them. Lancaster University has a long history of engaging with policy actors. The new Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) wants to build on this tradition by hosting a 'dialogue session' with Northwest policy actors, non-governmental organisations and policy oriented groups. Each of the day's sessions will begin with a brief introduction to who we are, what we do and what we think we (and our students!) can offer you. Following these introductions, we are keen to listen to your needs, ideas and proposals to see how we can combine our efforts to make the most out of our potential 'knowledge exchange' and help to significantly improve the policy capacity in the Northwest.

12.30-1.30 Lunch served

1.30-2.15 Who we are, what we do and a Complex 'Collaborative' Proposal

Professor Robert Geyer, Head of PPR; Ellie Brooks, ESRC-funded PhD Student

Why a Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion? What are we doing now and what are our plans for the future? A brief introduction to a Complex 'Collaborative' Proposal.

2.15-3.00 Engaging with you

Dr Martin Steven, PPR; Joe Bourne, LUSU INVOLVE

In addition to our academic strengths, PPR has a tremendous group of energetic, motivated and intelligent students that are keen to be involved in the 'real world'. In this session, we will briefly outline some of the opportunities that are already in place and our plans to develop more.

3.00-3.15 Coffee

3.15-4.00 Engaging with us

Dr Patrick Bishop, Director of Postgraduate Studies

We are developing new programmes in Continuing Professional Development, public policy and Masters of Public Administration. Help us make these fit your needs.

4.00-4.30 Collaborative Engagement

Professor Chris May, Associate Dean for Enterprise; Joe Buglass, Enterprise Officer

The best policy making is collaborative policy making that includes all relevant stakeholders. Using our research to support policy decision-making and our ability to bring these actors together is what collaborative engagement is all about. Help us to build this vision at Lancaster.

Please RSVP to Helen Caton (h.caton@lancaster.ac.uk, 01524 594260) by Monday 11th June and contact Dr. Martin Steven (m.steven@lancaster.ac.uk, 01524 592854) if you have any questions.

The Conference venue is on the Lancaster University campus. There is free parking at the Hotel and directions can be found at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/contact-and-getting-here/maps-and-travel/


Who can attend: Anyone


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