"Research Communications" Working Group

About this Working Group

About this Working Group

Research in development strives to address major social and environmental threats to humanity’s wellbeing such as inequality, but for this research to make an impact it needs to be brought to the attention of organisations, policy makers and people who can implement the recommendations and findings of this research. To this end, research communication is vital to ensuring that research effort is not wasted and makes a difference.

Research communication is defined as the process of interpreting or translating complex research findings into a language, format and context that non-experts can understand. (Isabel Carter and Kurt Paulus). The success of research communications is dependent on a network of actors and activities, including but not limited to: political context, media landscape, civil society. The network of individuals within this Working Group will endeavour to bring specialist knowledge from all the areas that must interact for research communications to succeed.

What are the core questions?

  • What is the value of research communications to academics within development studies?
  • What are the new channels and communication methods that can be used for communicating research to different audiences?
  • What are the trends in scholarly communications and publishing that impact research communications?
  • How can development institutions work together to share best practice on research communications?
  • How can we monitor the quality of engagement and impact of research communications?
  • What are the key tools and skills that communications staff and academics need to support research communications?


The purpose of the Research Communications Working Group is to increase EADI member institutes’ research impact through research communication with audiences including but not limited to:

  • Policy makers
  • NGOs and
  • Other academic or development institutions

The Research Communications Working Group was set up to facilitate the exchange of ideas, best practices, channels and materials specifically on research communications, for those staff responsible for communications within EADI’s members. The Working Group also strives to increase the understanding and visibility of research communications amongst development studies researchers. To achieve these purposes, the Working Group intends to facilitate face-to-face meetings as well as digital cooperation.

Planned Activities

Annual Workshop

Together with the EADI Secretariat the Working Group will host an annual workshop for EADI members communication and impact staff, modelled on the workshop hosted at EADI Bonn in November 2018. The Working Group calls on members to facilitate and host this workshop.

EADI Conference Side-event

The Working Group will organise a side-event at the tri-annual EADI conferences. The nature of this event will remain flexible: workshop, debate, etc.

Shadowing and exchanges

The Working Group encourages its members to exchange staff and organise shadowing trips in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices. While the Working Group cannot help financially, we will strive to facilitate in establishing contacts and engaging networks.

Who can join?

The group is primarily intended for communications practitioners but is open to academics and other staff with an interest in research communications.

Want to join? please fill out the form under this link


Michael Domen

Communications and Outreach, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp

Rowena Harding

Research Communications, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester


Save the dates: 7-8 November 2019 Research Communications Workshop in Bonn

Read more: Save the dates: 7-8 November 2019 Research Communications Workshop in Bonn
07 Nov 2019

Because our first Research Communciations Workshop in 2018 was such a great success, we have decided to make this an annual event, together with our new Research Communciations Working Group. This year we will be holding the workshop on 7 and 8 November.

Our brandnew Research Communications Working Group invites new members!

Read more: Our brandnew Research Communications Working Group invites new members!
17 Apr 2019

We are happy and proud to announce our latest Working Group, which is exclusively dedicated to Research Communication. The Working Group was set up as a result of our 2018 workshop for member institutes' communications experts.

Further Reading

Let's Talk About Communication! Impressions from the 2018 EADI Research Communications Workshop