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Tim Sisk
Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the Josef Korbel School. Sisk serves as an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.


Tim Sisk, Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the University of Denver and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, discusses the ways in which the gap between scholarly research and policy making is being addressed.  Sisk is also the editor of the ACUNS journal, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations.  The journal distinguishes itself by balancing scholarship and practice, because as Sisk points out, many similar journals tend to lean more towards the scholarly community. The gap between research and policy does exist and for good reason, but there is a relationship between the two fields. According to Sisk, scholarly research can be extremely relevant to policy makers in a variety of capacities, including international organizations like the UN.  Sisk also provides advice for young scholars looking to survive a peer review and how to make their research findings a contribution to policy.

Presenting Scholarly Work for Policy-Relevance

Alexander George, Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice in Foreign Policy (USIP Press 1993)

Roger J. Vaughan and Terry F. Buss, Communicating Social Science Research to Policymakers, Sage Applied Social Science Research Methods, Vol. 48 (Sage 1998).

Recorded March 2011


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