Strategic Themes will link economic and social science research across UEA according to common engagement and partnership potential. These themes will stimulate opportunities for closer working both with external organisation and within UEA promoting the co-creation of knowledge and reciprocal understanding. They will have a clear plan identifying stakeholders, stakeholder benefits, activity, opportunities for staff at various stages of their careers, type of impact to be generated, potential public and community engagement, international interactions with an academic champion who will be responsible for delivery. It is anticipated that within a theme’s plan the academic champion would be able to respond rapidly to any opportunities identified.
Four Strategic Themes have now been established at UEA. These are;
Influencing and Assessing Policy: This is led by Professor Sara Connolly (NBS), and has been allocated a budget of £40,000.
Big Data and Societal Change: This is led by Professor Ruth Hancock (MED), and has been allocated a budget of £50,000
Marine Environment: This was developed with advice and support from the UEA ESRC IAA External Advisory Board, which was established in May 2015 to ensure that strategic projects within our Impact Accelerator Account could benefit from the expertise, experience and networks of a wide range of distinguished regional stakeholders. The Marine Environment Theme is led by Dr Martin Johnson (ENV) and has a budget of £40,000.
Cultural Tourism; Again developed in close consultation with our External Advisory Board, this theme is led by Rowena Burgess (IIH) and has a budget of £40,000.
A possible further Strategic Theme – on growth – is now under discussion internally and externally. Decisions on this will be taken by September 2016.