The Initiative for Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer (IMPACKT) is led by Dr Enrico Andreoli, (College of Engineering), Dr James Cronin (College of Medicine) and Dr Dion Curry (Department of Political and Cultural Studies). It aims to establish a bottom-up dialogue between academics, policy-makers and industry, drawing on expertise from politics, public policy, medicine and engineering. The project creates a digital and physical space for interaction between different stakeholder groups that goes beyond specific projects to create a more sustained dialogue across sectors and disciplines.
IMPACKT aims to provide academics and industry with the tools necessary to understand, facilitate and increase policy impact at national and devolved levels. Importantly, this will focus on academics and industries outside of the politics and public policy realm, creating an interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between science, expert engagement and the political legitimacy. The project has developed out of the Welsh Crucible programme and has received financial support from the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie action (Project MLGPIL), EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account and the Swansea University Research Grant Enabler (SURGE) fund.