IES Training - Shaping systems: Learn how to engage with environmental policy

Thursday, 20 June 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

This training session will give participants the skills they need to become more aware about policy and to engage effectively in the complex environmental policy landscape. Focusing on policy from the perspective of interconnected natural systems, this session will give participants a grounding in policy and techniques to influence decision-making, as well as the context to understand how policy decisions shape their work and the wider environmental sector. 

This training will be suitable for environmental professionals working (or seeking to engage) at a systems-level who are interested in policy and becoming more aware or more influential. Specific ‘systems thinking’ tools and approaches will not be taught during the training, nor will they be required to engage with the content of the training. Get in touch to find out more about resources on systems approaches to policy.

All levels of experience and familiarity with policy are welcome. If you have not worked with policy before, this training will give you a solid background in how policy works and how it affects the sector. For those who are more experienced, you will gain new ways to influence policy and measure your success. All participants will also have the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning to troubleshoot challenges and opportunities in environmental policy.

Member - £45
Non Member - £75




Trainer Profile

The training will be delivered by Joseph Lewis, Policy Lead for the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Joseph is responsible for policy engagement for the IES and working to promote the use of the environmental sciences in decision making. Joseph is the Designated Contact Point for the IES as an admitted observer NGO to the UNFCCC.

He has an MSc in Public Policy from the University in Bristol, where he specialised in environmental policy, as well as a Law Degree from Durham University. Joseph is an experienced public speaker; he is a regular event speaker and has appeared on national broadcast media. Joseph has years of voluntary experience as a debating and public speaking coach.

Joseph is an advocate for transformative change and using social systems to bring together communities with science-led solutions to the interconnected climate, biodiversity, and social crises facing humanity.