Getting Research into Policy and Practice

13 November 2019, Brisbane

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, the Academy is delighted to partner with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures to host a special event for early career humanities researchers.

The Getting Research into Policy and Practice workshop will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus in Brisbane. This interactive full day workshop will bring together humanities Higher Degree Research students and Early Career Researchers to develop new skills to help navigate Australia’s policy landscape.

A team of The University of Queensland’s policy experts, facilitated by Professor Karen Hussey, will:

  • Introduce you to Australia’s federal system and the respective roles and responsibilities of local, state/territory and federal governments.
  • Showcase a number of successful ‘research-to-policy’ case studies.
  • Explore what evidence-based policy means in practice.
  • Share experiences – good and bad – of interacting and engaging with the policy process, including insights into how you can connect your research with policy and program development.
  • Explain the difference between the political and policy spheres.
  • Explore the relationship between politics and research funding.

See the provisional program below.

Applications open

As places are limited to 50 people for this free event, we are inviting applications to attend. Please complete the online expression of interest form by Sunday 6 October 2019. All applicants will be contacted shortly after.


To be eligible, you must be a current humanities Higher Degree Research student or have completed your doctorate within the last five years (conferred after 31 August 2014). Independent scholars not currently affiliated with an institution are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants
  • Are required to cover all travel and accommodation expenses to attend the workshop in Brisbane.
  • Will be offered the discounted Student registration rate to attend the 50th Academy Symposium to be held 13-15 November 2019 in Brisbane.
Apply now


9:00am Introductions and how Australia is governed 

  • The Westminster System and Federalism
  • The governance landscape
  • Budget processes – who the money comes from and goes to
  • Australia and international fora, processes and law

10:30am Morning break

11:00am Understanding the policy-making process

  • A policy cycle (sort of…)
  • The policy-makers tool kit
  • ‘Unpacking’ the relationship between international trends and domestic policy processes
  • Where policy concepts and ‘thought bubbles’ come from
  • Different pathways to policy impact

12:30pm Lunch

1:00pm Formal and informal processes for policy engagement and evidence in policy-making

  • When is research used and how is it accessed?
  • What makes research ‘policy relevant’?
  • What works and what doesn’t?

2:00pm Facilitated workshop

  • Where you and your research fit into the policy and practice landscape.

3:30pm Close

Participants are invited to attend the Academy’s 9th Hancock Lecture by an Early Career Humanities Researcher, commencing 5:00pm at the Griffith University Art Museum, South Bank Brisbane.