Impact dialogues working group

Formerly the impact narratives working group.

Purpose: To achieve greater impact through inter- and trans- disciplinary research and education, especially by building skills, value and the case for this new way of working.

Focus in 2021: To understand and publicize the organisational factors required for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education.

Focus in 2020: To ensure that interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education and research successes are documented and publicized.

Members (2021): Ken Taylor (chair), Ramona Boodoosingh, Iain Gordon, Jeremy Hapeta, Rachel Parker, Allanah Ryan, Dan Walker
March 2021 workshop: assistance from Eleanor Robson (Future Earth Australia) and Kate Hayes (facilitation)
June 2021 workshop: facilitated by Crighton Nichols.

Members (2020): Ken Taylor (chair), Iain Gordon, Dan Walker, Derrick Armstrong, Allanah Ryan, Tayanah O’Donnell
with assistance from Eleanor Robson (Future Earth Australia) and Kate Hayes (June 2020 workshop facilitation)

Activities: This working group seeks to achieve its aims through workshops involving NITRO-Oceania members and others with relevant interests.

In May 2020 the working group developed a proposal for a series of three workshops to tackle the theme: “Greater impact through inter- and transdisciplinary research and education: building skills, value and the case for this new way of working.” This replaced the planned workshop at the 2020 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress, which was to have been held in Brisbane, Australia in June, and which had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workshop #1 in June 2020 addressed the topic: “Communicating in stories – strengthening this core ID/TD skill.

Workshop #2 in March 2021 addressed the topic: “How organisations best support and encourage research for impact.”

Workshop #3 in June 2021 addressed the topic: “Promoting success for sustainability research in the Oceania region,” especially reviewing values and principles to guide the future of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary leadership for sustainability transformations. The workshop was part of the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021).

Seminar on December 2, 2021 by Professor Alex Haslam, University of Queensland on “Effective organisational leadership and what it means for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research organisations”.