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Next Generation Impact

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Maximising Impact: Working in Partnership

What opportunities and challenges arise from engaging with external stakeholders? How do you find, develop and maintain such collaborations? At our third interdisciplinary pannel debate, we will shed light on some of our stories behind partnerships.


Dr Heejung Chung, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Kent

Heejung Chung is Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Kent, She was the PI of the ESRC funded project Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance. This project was the basis of her impact case study Enhancing policies to implement better flexible working practices. She has worked with a number of UK, European, overseas government, international organisations including the UK Government Equalities Office, UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Department of Work and Pensions, European Commission Department General Justice, International Labor Organisation, The Estonian Parliament, the Korean Parliament, the UK Trades Union Congress and the Korean Federation of Trade Unions.

Shona Illingworth, Reader in Arts at the University of Kent and artist filmmaker

Shona Illingworth is a Reader in Arts at the University of Kent. She is also an artist filmmaker whose major works take the form of immersive gallery based multi-screen video and multi-channel sound installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has received commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, Hayward Gallery, London, and Channel 4 Television.

Shona’s current work Topologies of Air, commissioned by The Wapping Project, examines the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace and the implications for human rights.

Previous works include Lesions in the Landscape (2015), made in dialogue with Claire, a woman who can no longer access much of her past or form new memories, and leading neuropsychologists Professor Martin A. Conway and Professor Catherine Loveday. Supported by a Large Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust, this project reflects on Claire’s experience of amnesia, interweaving this with an exploration of the depopulated island of St Kilda, a remote archipelago located in the North Atlantic, to explore the complex individual and societal impact of amnesia and cultural erasure.

During 2021 Shona’s work will be shown in solo exhibitions at Bahrain National Museum, and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, along with monograph on her work will be published by Sternberg Press/MIT and The Power Plant. Shona is an Imperial War Museum Associate and on the international editorial boards of the Journal of Digital War and Memory, Mind and Media.

Professor Colin Robinson, Professor in Biotechnology at the University of Kent and Lead Principal Investigator at GCRF Biopharma

Professor Colin Robinson spent 27 years at the University of Warwick, where he worked on chloroplast and bacterial protein transport systems, particularly the Tat protein export system. Since moving to Kent in 1993 he has developed new platforms for the production of high value proteins in E. coli. Much of this work involved developing the Tat protein export system as a biotechnological tool, taking advantage of its unique ability to transport fully folded proteins across the plasma membrane into the periplasm. The work has been carried out in collaboration with a range of industrial partners, including Cobra Biotechnology, UCB-Celltech and Fujifilm Diosynth in the UK and others in the EU. During the last 4 years he has led a consortium of UK and Thai partners in a large Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project that aims to enable Thailand and other SE Asian countries to develop capacity to produce biopharmaceuticals and animal vaccines. More recently still, he is joint University of Kent lead on a new venture, ‘Growing Kent and Medway’ that is led by NIAB-EMR and funded by an £18 million grant from UKRI. This project will involve working with the region’s horticulture and viticulture industries, to develop new scientific and business collaborations in these sectors.