Seminar: Stakeholder participation – keys to success

The Essex Sustainability Institute’s Seminar Series, Sustainability Contested, continues in 2013 at the Wivenhoe Park campus. The seminars are open to staff, students and members of the public. All are welcome, and attendance is free! Please spread the word!

Our next seminar is on the 15th of January 2013, at 12:30pm in Room TC 1.10. 

Please note that the event will be free but prior registration is required. To register, please click here. 

Stakeholder Participation: Keys to success 

Diana Pound, Dialogue Matters ltd. 

Stakeholder dialogue is regarded as a best practice approach to stakeholder participation.  It can be applied in any situation where people with different interests and knowledge need to work together to find a way forward. This includes achieving research impact via participatory knowledge exchange, involving stakeholders in the management of the environment and using participation as a tool for team decision making.  It has an emphasis on process design and uses facilitation methods that help people shift from positional behavior to cooperative and creative negotiation. Practitioners are guided by key concepts, design principles and ethics. This presentation will: explain some of these concepts, describe keys to success, and refer to cases that show this approach works.

Diana Pound founded Dialogue Matters in 2000 to transform the way people work together around the management and use of the natural environment. She champions good practice, speaking at national and international conferences and has designed over 70 stakeholder dialogue/consensus building processes, facilitated more than 100 workshops and trained over 900 people in good practice. Her work includes helping communities solve local challenges, stakeholders agree plans, researchers share knowledge, and international organisations including UN Conventions, develop guidance or policies. Diana recently developed a course to help researchers achieve research impact with end users through knowledge exchange.  She has also been an IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Commissioner since 2004.

If you would like to meet the speaker on the day, please email Bryony Pound, at balpou (at)