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Mobilising knowledge for policy and practice


Dulcie Hollyock Room Ground floor Baillieu Library


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Dr Kim Gordon, Research Consultant, Library Programs, Research & Collections 


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Mobilising knowledge for policy and practice: research translation, research impact and what this means for Graduate Researchers & ECRs

Research translation, or knowledge mobilization, is regarded as increasingly important activity as governments and the broader public demand that publicly-funded research has ‘real-world’ impact. Furthermore, as a growing number of PhD graduates find employment outside of academia, being able to ‘translate’ your research expertise in various contexts is increasingly important.

Research translation is generally thought of as the process of getting the right information, to the right people, at the right time, in a format they can use, to influence policy, practice and decision-making in various contexts – in other words, making your research findings impactful.

In this lunchtime session we ask a panel of experts from science, arts, medicine and business, to discuss what ‘research translation’ means to them, what the relationship is to ‘research impact’, and why this is important to graduate researchers and early career academics.

This workshop introduces graduate researchers and ECRs to the concepts and principles of research/knowledge mobilization and highlights the skills needed to make your research relevant to broader audiences outside of academia.

Keywords include: research translation, knowledge mobilisation, research impact, community engagement, transdisciplinary research, policy and practice, evidence-based research, evidence-based policy, engaged research, decision-making, collaborative research, strategic communication, science communication, industry collaboration.


  1. Dr. Franz Wohlgezogen(FBE), Senior lecturer & Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Workplace Leadership, Fellow at Centre for Evidence-based Management; Management & Marketing Dept, Faculty of Business & Economics
  2. Vikki Leone (MDHS) Manager, Knowledge Translation Policy & Equity Research Group Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  3. Assoc. Professor Andrew Robinson (Science), Director, CEBRA (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis), Reader & Associate Professor in Applied Statistics University of Melbourne, Website: https://cebra.unimelb.edu.au
  4. Dean Merlino, Graduate Research Strategy Project Officer, Chancellery - Research & Enterprise

Moderator: Dr Kim Gordon, Research Consultant, Library Programs, Research & Collections