This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

Working with Policy Makers

Working with policy makers

Finally, what do people hope to accomplish through careers in academia? Although some are just trying to make a living, many have larger aspirations. Put simply, we want to make a difference. We want to leave the world a better place than we found it as a result of the work we do.

Paul R. Sackett (p. 416)

Instead of “breaking out, inside the university,” some academics find themselves breaking out outside, in fairly unique ways, helping to shape the course of public policy. Although working with policy makers is unlikely to be something an individual intentionally plans to undertake during the course of an academic career, it can, as Paul Sackett notes, result from a distinguished research record on ...

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