Seeking impact as a lone researcher

Dr John Kendall on the relevance of academic research in impacting the real world.

Campus - Aston Webb

A very important purpose of research is the impact it makes: how much publicity does it get, and whether it prompts a change in policy. As a retired commercial solicitor and mediator, I did not write my PhD to start an academic career, but as a vehicle to achieve that impact – and to change the world. But my experience has been that I have found it very difficult to make that impact by getting through to politicians and journalists.