Research beyond academia: strategies for real world impact

What the event covered

Increasingly researchers are being asked to show the impact of their work beyond publications in highly ranked journals.

This webinar explored the different avenues for making research accessible to non-specialists and achieving greater impact. We focused on why it is important, strategies for reaching different audiences, and techniques for communicating research so that the public understands the meaning, importance, and applicability of your research. 

This webinar was part of the Taylor & Francis Researcher Webinar Series 2023.

About the speakers

Victoria Babbit is the Director of Researcher Development & Outreach at Taylor & Francis. Victoria joined Taylor & Francis in 2008 and throughout the past decade has supported researchers as they navigate the rapidly changing publishing landscape.

Her work involves engaging with global research communities to build knowledge and capacity related to publishing and editorial activities. Prior to joining Taylor & Francis, Victoria conducted post graduate research in Geography at The University of Washington.

Richard Delahunty started his academic publishing career at Cambridge University Press, trained as a journalist, and later moved into academic publishing, to an Editorial Assistant post at Manchester University Press. Promoted to Assistant Editor, he moved to Pearson to commission and develop study guides, then to Routledge as journal Managing Editor, promoted to Publisher then Associate Editorial Director in Politics, International Relations and Strategic Studies.

Richard has been Global Portfolio Director, first for Engineering and Computer Science Journals, then Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science Journals, since 2014. His role is to oversee the entire journal portfolio in those subject areas, and to ensure effective publishing strategies are communicated to our most important partners in the smoothest and most effective way. He has a keen interest in disruptive innovation, scholarly research workflows, knowledge transfer and learned society publishing.

Richard is currently researching how authors choose where to publish in the scholarly communications landscape, where rapid transformation in business model and an abundance of venue choice is driving a change in what influences venue choice across all subject fields.

Victoria Gardner has worked in publishing for 15 years, across variety of functions including journal management, open access, product development, continuous improvement, and policy. In her day job she works as part of the External Affairs and Policy team to develop Taylor & Francis’s publishing and editorial policy, with particular interest in areas such as research impact, research integrity, open access, and diversity and inclusion.

Vicky is part of the Joint Commitment for Action on Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publishing, the HESI UN SDG Publisher Compact Fellows Group, on the Editorial Board for the Insights journal and sits on publishing industry committees such as STM’s Open Research Committee, and the Publishers Association’s Public Affairs committee. Vicky describes herself as a life longer learner and a self starter, and enjoys working with others to develop new ideas and solve problems.

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Victoria Babbit

Director of Researcher Development & Outreach at Taylor & Francis Group

Richard Delahunty

Editorial Director at Taylor & Francis Group

Victoria Gardner

Director of Policy at Taylor & Francis Group

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