Prue Addison receives MPLS Impact Award
The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, preparing the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises. Prue’s contributions to translate research on biodiversity measurement and management, and support more responsible business practice won her recognition and the MPLS Social Impact award:
Speaking about her awards Prue said:
"I feel really honoured to have received this award. It’s great to have the University recognise the work I’ve been doing through my NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to translate research on biodiversity measurement and management, to support more responsible business practice.
"My success in achieving research impact would not have been possible without my research collaborators at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), in particular Professor EJ Milner-Gulland (University of Oxford) and Dr Joe Bull (University of Kent). I also have received invaluable advice along the way from Dr Murray Gardner (University of Oxford) about developing enduring and impactful industrial research partnerships. And of course none of this would be possible without my wonderful collaborators in business, NGOs and governments that have worked with me to co-design projects that have helped translate academic research into real world impact.
"After three years of work, my colleagues and I are starting to see some real change in business practice. Our research is helping support the integration of biodiversity measurement and management into corporate-level business decision-making through a range of co-designed projects. Two projects recognised in my MPLS social impact award included my work with BP and the IUCN Business & Biodiversity Programme, to address current challenges faced by businesses such as: 1) developing science-based biodiversity goals, 2) identifying and developing biodiversity indicators, and 3) applying the mitigation hierarchy to manage biodiversity impacts."