Geography PhD researcher awarded fellowship in Westminster

Geography PhD researcher awarded fellowship in Westminster

Emma Cary, a PhD researcher in Geography & Environment, will work as a Nuffield Fellow for the UK parliament, translating complex research evidence for policy-makers.

Emma Cary, a PhD researcher in Geography & Environment in the NERC-funded QUADRAT Doctoral Training Programme, has been awarded a highly competitive Nuffield POST Fellowship. She is the first University of Aberdeen PhD researcher to be working as a Nuffield Fellow.

Supported by the Nuffield Foundation, this fellowship will enable a 3-month placement in the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) in Westminster.

POST is a bicameral body in the UK Parliament which sources scientific research evidence for the UK Parliament. Its role includes undertaking research, analysis and horizon scanning of emerging research areas, helping Parliament prepare for the future, supporting Select Committees and briefing parliamentarians on research developments.

During her fellowship, Emma Cary will produce a POSTNote, an accessible, peer-reviewed report for Members of the Commons and the Lords to navigate complex and emerging research. POSTNotes draw on information gleaned from literature and a range of stakeholders from research, industry, government, the third sector and other stakeholder groups.

As a Fellow, Emma Cary will learn how to write policy briefings with balance and impartiality, translating science into accessible outcomes. She will also have the opportunity to interact with people and activities in the two Houses of Parliament, including Select Committees, MPs and Peers, their support services, ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group’ meetings and the very wide range of other activities at the Palace of Westminster.

If you are looking to increase your research impact, contributing as an expert to POST’s work is a good way to facilitate knowledge exchange and contribute to evidence-based decision making, by feeding your research into the UK Parliament as part of a trusted, impartial publication.

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