2009 Fellows In The 'Bridging the Research-Policy Divide' Leadership Program
Please note that this project was run some time ago and links that have subsequently become inactive have been removed.
The following research leaders participated in the Bridging the Research-Policy Divide program in 2009.
The institutions listed are those with which the Fellows were affiliated during their Fellowship. As part of the program, each Fellow produced a Policy Brief and associated action plan, as well as a Case Study based on their own research. These can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links below.
The Fellows summarised their six-weeks of on-campus activities at a public seminar on Thursday May 28, 2009, with the following final seminar presentation (3.8MB MSPowerpoint as PDF).
Arif Goheer BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons)
Major Research Interests: Climate change and crop production
Affiliation: Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), Islamabad, Pakistan
Sponsor: Professor Gabriele BammerPolicy brief:Managing agricultural production variability through seasonal climate prediction (462KB PDF)Case study: Transforming Vision into Reality: How Global Change Impact Studies Centre brought the climate change issues to limelight in Pakistan (82KB PDF)12 Month Follow-up: Arif has used the policy brief and action plan, as well as the case study, as the basis for a range of discussions with colleagues and supervisors, raising awareness of how GCISC and other organizations can contribute to policy formulation. In November 2009, Arif was the resource person at a two-day national workshop on "Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Pakistan", where he directly applied the stakeholder analysis techniques learnt on the course. At this workshop and in preparing a document on "Pakistan’s Climate Change Policies and Actions" for the Task Force on Climate Change of the Planning Commission of Pakistan he found numerous opportunities to apply course lessons, which was aided by keeping a Learning Journal, the value of which had been instilled at the course. In March 2010, Arif participated in a panel organised by the Population Association of Pakistan on "Climate Change, Gender and Population" where he advocated the need for linking science and policy, and again shared course learnings with the academics, policy makers and activists who attended.
Major Research Interests: Climate change and food security
Affiliation: Global Change Impact Studies Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sponsor:Professor Gabriele BammerPolicy brief:Coherent institutional framework for better food planning in Pakistan (838KB PDF)Case study:How Global Environmental Changes and Food System (GECAFS) enhance research capacity in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (365KB PDF)12 Month Follow-up: Kashif has presented learnings from the Fellowship in a number of forums, including the "Brainstorming Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystem" in Kathmandu in July 2009. The concepts also assisted him when he was a national representative nominated by the Government of Pakistan at the First Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Fifth Global Environmental Outlook Report (GEO-5) in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2010. He presented his policy brief at the workshop on "Assessment of Food and Water Security in South-Asia under a Changing Climate Using Crop Simulation and Water Management Models, and Identification of Appropriate Strategies for Adaptation to Meet Future Demands" held in Islamabad in March 2010, where it was well-received.
Guojie Wang B.Preventative Medicine, M.Social Medicine
Major Research Interests: Epidemiology of tuberculosis
Affiliation: Henan Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Sponsor:Professor Adrian SleighPolicy brief:Strengthen the systematic capacity to stop the spread of MDR-TB in Henan, China (476KB PDF)Case study:Stop tuberculosis infection of healthcare workers in anti-TB institutions (60KB PDF)12 Month Follow-up: Guojie presented his policy brief and case study to a range of colleagues in the Henan Provincial Health Department. China is implementing an intensive anti Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) program through evidence-based policy-making. Guojie has been able to contribute to this process at the provincial level. From July 2009, Guojie and his colleagues began working with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to survey the MDR-TB control work in Henan. From January 2010, a joint project by the Henan CDC and the China CDC of enhanced measures of MDR-TB control began to be implemented in Henan. To date it has covered almost the entire province. In late December 2009 Guojie moved to Canada.