Policy@RMIT (P@R) aims to study and enable collaborations between researchers and policy practitioners in co-producing research that supports evidence-informed policy in addressing major policy and societal issues.

  • Project dates: 2017–2020

It is working to do this through four streams of work: 

  • an overarching research program exploring key questions about the policy ‘impact’ agenda, including: what is policy impact; how might we evidence it; and what kinds of institutional structures might best help with impact efforts? 
  • capability building activities for RMIT researchers with R&I’s Research Impact team;
  • experimental partnerships with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP); and
  • Publications, Discussion Papers, and Policy Briefs 

Policy@RMIT is using a co-design, co-productive approach, where it is experimenting with different methods of helping DELWP identify research questions, and methods of connecting researchers and policymakers. This has included multi-sector workshops, topic-focused workshops, development of research briefs and literature reviews. It has also developed several Discussion Papers on topics relevant to the challenge of better enabling research to contribute to public policy, including Institutional Arrangements and ‘measuring’ the contributions of research to public policy. This ongoing working relationship with DELWP has supported much of RMIT’s climate change work and will be further explored via The Climate Change Exchange.

Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Jago Dodson

Professor Jago Dodson

Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Impact Platform

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Convener of Climate Change Transformations

Dr Brian Coffey

Dr Brian Coffey

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow

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Research Programs

Research Programs

Climate Change Transformations

Engaging with society’s climate change challenges