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Natural Benefits - Social Research Meeting, Birmingham & Midland Institute. Simon Maxwell 18th November 2009. Social researchers in Defra (1). Defra is organised by ‘career homes’ GSR are within the Economics, Statistics and Research career home: Headed by Richard Price (Chief Economist)
18th November 2009
Defra is organised by ‘career homes’
GSR are within the Economics, Statistics and Research career home:
Headed by Richard Price (Chief Economist)
Laura represents GSR on the 12 strong SCS career home senior leadership group
About 200 analysts (economists, statisticians, operational and social researchers)
GSR researchers work in different inter-disciplinary teams...
Adapting to Climate Change
Embedded inter-disciplinary policy team. Key focus - climate change risk assessment
Analytical teams we work with:
Sustainable Behaviours Unit
(Andrea, Kirsten (Head – marketing and insight) & Jan & one vacant SRO)
Free-standing social research and marketing team embedded in policy division. Works across Defra and supports wider Whitehall.
Key successes – behaviours survey, segmentation model, environmental behaviours framework, action-based research, research centre, comprehensive research programme.
Strategy and Evidence
(Laura and Rachel)
Central support and analysis team. Strategy headed by SCS economist; Evidence by SCS scientist. HoP will be based here. Key focus – public value programme, Evidence Investment Strategy, Living with Environmental Change and links with Research Councils; Social Impacts; behaviours.
Natural / Vet Scientists
Environment and Rural Group
Semi-embedded analytical team (mainly economists headed by SCS economist). Key focus - ecosystem services, participatory and deliberative methods, social research evidence review, social impacts of fishing
Food and Farming (Tony)
Semi-embedded analytical team (mainly economists and statisticians headed by SCS econs and stats). Key focus – farmer behaviours, attitudes, qualitative research to support all policy areas.
SBU – centre of expertise (social research and marketing) to support policy across Defra, focus on research commissioning and investment. Influential in shaping policy and providing a robust evidence base.
Semi-embedded teams (Tony and Simon) – policy advice and undertake research for range of areas within groups. Focus on research advice and inter-disciplinary work with others (economists, statisticians and scientists)
Embedded team (Jo) – focussed inter-disciplinary analysis to support one key policy area
Central team (Rachel and Laura) – setting strategic direction at highest levels, leading on adding analytical value, partnership building and inter-disciplinary working
Key strengths of GSR team – working together as team, focus on policy influence, working with and through others e.g. inter-disciplinary research
Understanding Behaviours in a Farming Context: Bringing theoretical and applied evidence together from across Defra and highlighting policy relevance and implications for future research (November 2008)
Public Attitudes to Agriculture, the Farmed Landscape and Natural Environment: Drawing on published surveys to provide some observations about public priorities, concerns and implications for policy making (May 2009)