Will Paxton from KIVU International started off the week with a lecture on developing a research agenda. He invited the participants to debate how and to what extent policy makers actually listen to researchers. He also highlighted the importance for a think tank to have a clear focus, concrete strategies for policy changes, and an awareness about which “windows of opportunity” are open to it.
Francesco Pisano delivered a brief history of the UN and its library, and encouraged think tanks to engage more with the UN in general. In this vein, the next speaker, Jennifer Freedman, discussed how think tanks could actually engage with the UN and used her organisation, UNRISD – an autonomous research institute within the UN – as an example. Her advice: « stay relevant » and « one of your priorities should be translating academic papers into short messages and finding the right channels to get messages to the targeted audience ».
Will Paxton, Director, Kivu International
Lectures at the United Nations (UN) Library on developing a catchy research agenda linked to SDGs.