What we do
- To maximise the use of existing NERC-funded research and promote mutually beneficial new research and KE projects on wildfire.
- To assist the management of wildfire risk in the UK at all stages from prevention to response and recovery.
- Join up emerging cross-sector, cross-disciplinary interests in wildfire;
- Apply and adapt NERC's fire-related research to improve the evidence base for managing wildfire risk;
- Facilitate new partnership research and knowledge exchange projects to fill knowledge gaps.
Knowledge Exchange Fellow's role
A central point of contact and knowledge broker between NERC researchers and wildfire management practitioners and policymakers.
We use NERC’s Apply-Adapt-Create staged approach to knowledge exchange. Building on the FIRES seminar series, we work closely with the England and Wales Wildfire Forum to grow, connect and maintain a strong network and members’ database.
We aim to share four complimentary types of knowledge:
- ‘Know-what’; formal knowledge about facts
- ‘Know-why’; formal knowledge about underlying principles
- ‘Know-how’; implicit knowledge based on practical skills and experience
- ‘Know-who’; knowing who to approach, drawing on a wide, interconnected network.
KfWf activities have included:
- Networking events
wildfire@manchester seminars and workshops; KE sessions and attendance at conferences, e.g. Wildfire 2013, 2015, 2017; academic advisory panel for Wildfire 2017
- Resources & website
Briefing papers summarising existing research on key topics; co-produced resources based on adapting user data; website and shared web-based resources.
Awareness-raising amongst researchers, government agencies and other end-users through networking and attending local fire groups, national forums and conferences.
- Facilitation & advice
Facilitating partnerships to develop new spin-off research and projects to address knowledge gaps.