KEI Training

Skills for successful knowledge exchange

These knowledge exchange training resources are primarily aimed at researchers of any level. They will also be useful to professional services staff in research, communication and knowledge exchange management and support roles. View upcoming sessions or browse our catalogue of online resources.

If you have any specific training requests, please contact Louise Jones,

Upcoming sessions - Spring Term 2024

Getting published
Session One: Spotlight on trade publishing

Our new training series on the publishing process begins with a spotlight on trade publishing. We will be joined by Natasha Fairweather and Matthew Marland from RCW Literary Agency as well as academic colleagues with experience of trade publishing. The session will include a review of the current non-fiction market, an assessment of the difference between trade and academic publishers, a description about the role and value of an agent, and some tips for getting published. Read the notes from the session.

Session Two: Spotlight on open-access publishing
Tuesday 25 June, 12-1pm (with lunch provided)

What's different about open-access books? How do you cover the costs of open-access? Does open-access mean online-only books? How does copyright work? Join LSE Press and academic colleagues with experience of open-access publishing to learn more about what it might mean for you. Email to register.

These sessions are open to all researchers and research support staff at LSE.

Broadcast Media Training

Are you an academic who wants to learn how to do commanding broadcast media interviews about your research?

Our one-to-one sessions with a professional trainer will continue in Winter Term 2024. Each session will run for approximately one and a half hours. The training will take place at a time agreed between you and the trainer.

If you are interested in signing up, or would like to discuss further, please contact Sue Windebank in the Media Relations Office on


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Catch up with previous sessions

Participatory Research network and workshop series

The Winter Term Participatory Research workshop series has come to an end. You can catch up with resources from the sessions below.  A new Participatory Research Network channel has been launched on Teams to connect members of the LSE community who are doing and/or interested in participatory research. You can join the channel by following this link: LSE-Participatory-Research-Network (Team) | General | Microsoft Teams.

Session One: Navigating ethical issues in participatory research

Dr Sharmila Parmanand (LSE Department of Gender Studies) introduces ethical and methodological issues in Participatory Action Research across various stages of the research process, from developing and designing the research until after the research formally ends. 
Watch the recording (LSE only)
Download slides

Session Two: Working with young people in participatory research, from recruitment to mapping methodologies

Dr Julia King and Olivia Theocharides-Feldman (LSE Cities) draw on their experience of running the ‘‘Young Researcher-in-Residence’’ and the ‘‘Making Space for Girls’’ projects to reflect on doing participatory research with young people. 

Session Three: Using film in participatory research 

Dr Baljit Kaur (LSE Department of Sociology) and Dr Sonja Marzi (University of Glasgow/Radboud University Nijmegen) give insights into using film as a creative method in participatory research. They draw on their experience of using film in participatory research projects to reflect on the opportunities and challenges it presents.
Watch the recording (LSE only)

Session Four: Doing effective participatory research in international contexts

Professor Danny Burns (Institute of Development Studies) and Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science) reflect on the process of doing effective participatory research in international contexts, including insights into navigating the challenges it can present. 
Watch the recording (LSE only)

Session Six: Sense of an ending: bringing participatory research projects to a close

A panel discussion reflecting on the challenges of ‘‘ending’’ a participatory project in ways that are compatible with the commitments of participatory research, featuring speakers Hannah Cowan (KCL), Sharmila Parmanand (Department of Gender Studies, LSE), Kate Summers (Department of Methodology, LSE) and Anjali Sarker (AFSEE Senior Fellow), and chaired by Flora Cornish (Department of Methodology, LSE).
Listen to a recording of the session (LSE only)

Session Seven: Why are things this way? Using artistic practice in participatory research

Dr Eileen Alexander (LSE Department of Methodology) and Andy Sewell (artist and photographer) reflect on a creative participatory research project they have facilitated in Hackney, East London. Why are things this way? is a collaborative artwork created with six Hackney residents to explore the cost-of-living crisis and is on display in LSE’s Atrium Gallery from 4 March to 12 April 2024.

Navigating public responses to research

One of the challenges in communicating or engaging non-academic stakeholders with research in many areas, from climate change to taxation or immigration, can be the unpredictable and sometimes hostile response of those non-academic groups. In this session we will build the skills and confidence you need to navigate those responses, in the media, on social media, at public events and in policy engagement. Watch a recording (LSE only).

Academic Consultancy

Private sector companies, public organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are looking for independent, unbiased, quality-driven solutions to the challenges they face. Consulting within an academic institution offers a way for researchers to apply their expertise to address these issues, generating real-world impact and at the same time an additional income beyond their salary. Download session slides to learn more about what “consultancy” involves, the opportunities available, and the support provided by LSE for it.

Watch online: Writing Impactful Knowledge Exchange in Grants

Lots of funding has a focus on the contribution of research to the economy and society, and to be successful in winning grant applications the possible impacts of your research and the ways in which you plan to achieve them need to be apparent throughout your grant applications. How do you go about building-in knowledge exchange into your plans and applications? How do you articulate your expected outcomes and desired impacts?

Watch the recording (LSE only)download the slides from the Michaelmas Term 2021 session.

Watch online: Spending for Impact

What kinds of small, but meaningful engagements can you make to increase the chances of your research having an impact? Join this session for some inspiration on effective but low cost knowledge exchange and impact activities, as well as advice on how to keep track of your engagement and impact.

Watch the recording (LSE only) / download the slides from the Michaelmas Term 2021 session.

Download slides: What's in a tweet? Social media engagement with research

Download slides
How can you best use social media (including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) to engage audiences with your research?

Slides and resources: How to run an online event

Download slidesdownload event promotion crib sheet (pdf)
How can you run a successful (online) event to engage the right people with your research? 

Slides: Visualising research

Download slides - Abdey, Burn-Murdoch

How can you present your research, particularly your data, visually in a way that best engages a non-academic audience?

Dr James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Statistics John Burn-Murdoch, Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist at the Financial Times and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE Data Science Institute.

PowerPoint design

In this age of Zoom, PowerPoints have never seemed so important! Learn the visual design skills (and PowerPoint design secrets) to make eye-catching presentations. The focus is on Microsoft PowerPoint but the theoretical lessons can be applied to other softwares. 

Presentation considerations
Using a grid system, presentation grid examples (email to request a PowerPoint file with grid)
Working with images
Tips for presenting

Other resources

How do you create a good personal website?

How do you produce a podcast?

Read our podcast guidance if you are considering creating a podcast.

Running or participating in online events

The LSE Events team has put together some guidance on how, when and why researchers should think about events, as well as how to set up a Zoom meeting: Read more 

If you are speaking at or chairing an online event, you can also download their Audio and Visual Speaker Reference Guide for tips about how to create the best visuals and audio from home.

You can also watch a video about running Zoom events.

Filming yourself using a smartphone

LSE's Film and Audio team can provide advice on potential film projects. Check out their ten top tips for filming yourself when you can't get to a studio.

Read more or watch the video

So, you've published a book/book chapter, what next?

Congratulations! Take a look at these top tips on how to approach promoting your publication. 

Read more and download the checklist

Advice on writing opinion pieces (or op-eds)

An opinion article in a national news outlet is a great way to get your ideas noticed by politicians, policy and other decision makers, your peers and the wider public. Read this guide from our media team on the best way to pitch an opinion piece.

Academic blogging

Should you be blogging? Yes, if you want to maximise the impact of your work in academia and beyond. Explore the kinds of posts you might write; who you could write for (you don’t have to maintain your own platform); and how to get your work noticed.

Read more

Using social media for research communication

Here are some top tips on the use of social media for research engagement. You can contact LSE's Social Media team for advice and guidance on creating successful social media campaigns Read more

Building a research project website

How to build a project website within the CMS. What makes for good content? How should it be presented to be most engaging with the tools available? And how can you measure whether it is meeting your objectives?

Resources from this session

Community engagement

How to engage with local communities around research projects, and how you might link to policy engagement at a local level.

Resources from this session


Training for PhD students

This programme is available at the PhD Academy events, courses and training listings.

Career development

Careers consultant Catherine Reynolds provides careers advice for PhD students and researchers.

For more training for researchers at LSE visit Organisational Learning's research staff career development pages.

Suggest a topic

If there is a particular skill you would like to develop please contact us at and we can consider this in planning future training.

Equally, if you have a KEI success story to share then we would love to help you develop some training for others based on your experience.