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Dr Joanie Willett

External Engagement and Impact

Impact and public engagement is very important to my work. Much of my resaerch interests have direct and obvious policy implications, and I am always keen to explore these as much as possible, with individuals and organisations to whom they might be useful.  To this end, I am always seeking to extend my relationships with community/policy/business groups, and have worked with or developed relationships with a number of local, national, and international organisations.  These include Cornwall Council, the National Association for Local Councils, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the European Association for Local Democracy. 

In addition to my research, I am always keen to explore public engagement activities and have participated in several ESRC Festival of Social Science events over the past few years, including “Citizens Take-over of Cornwall Council”, "On The Throne", and "Taking Overy My Town".  These were engagement and research events designed to explore the relationships of participants with local democracy·     

Finally,  I am always keen to engage with the local and national media, and have appeared on BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Sunday Politics, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 4. 

      Aditionally I have contributed to a number of political blogs, including Democratic Audit; The Conversation; and Political Insight.