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Foreign Policy Analysis
Research Impact – Policy

Research Impact – Policy


We knew that the classification of an iconic endangered species of Orangutan, the Bornean Orangutan, was not comprehensively classified. So we weren’t using all the available information, that was leading it to be perceived at a lower level threat by governments around the world. So through our work,
we brought together all the information, we partnered with every single person
that had collected information on that species. We identified that it was actually critically endangered. That led to it being uplisted, and so governments need to pay more attention and invest more in the conservation of that species. What we found was a procedurally-just,
fair, collaborative conversation, really, between the police, the schools and the
family, could reduce offending, increase the young person’s attendance at school, reduce their levels of impulsivity,
which is really important, increase their levels of self-control, and, you know, the ultimate thing is to reduce their trajectory of offending behaviour. We do it by, you know, looking at, you know, do they adopt, you know,
the kind of framework that we suggest? So one thing that DSS (Department of Social Services) have moved toward is what they call an “access to opportunity”
five-year policy framework, and we’ve given them advice on that. And when we look at that framework,
it has “life course” written all over it, and they cite our work and you can see that it’s taking a kind of a life course long-term approach. So we feel, okay we’ve had influence, you know,
we’ve helped shape that framework which is going to drive their policies
for the next five years.

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