An introduction to the co-creation of policy briefs with youth and academic teams



Dunlop L, Rushton EAC, Atkinson L, Blake C, Calvert S, Cornelissen E, Dècle CCM, DeSchrijver J, Dhassi KK, Edwards RPR, Malaj G, Mirjanić J, Saunders WE, Sinkovec Y & Stadnyk T (2023) An introduction to the co-creation of policy briefs with youth and academic teams. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 47 (1), pp. 149-159.

Drawing on insights from a four-day online workshop, which explored geo-engineering and policy making with 13 youth participants, an academic and youth authorial team provide a guide to the co-creation of policy briefs. Drawing on excerpts from the policy brief at different stages of development and commentary provided by the authors during the workshops, we set out four stages including (1) Identifying the key message and audience, (2) Reading and critically engaging with examples of policy briefs during the drafting process, (3) Developing the policy brief text, and (4) Reviewing and revising the policy brief. We have developed this guidance with a co-creative, group work approach in mind and suggest that this has relevance for those working in and beyond the discipline of geography.

Policy briefs; co-creation; policy-makers; youth voice; geoengineering;

Additional co-authors: Jaroslav Stofan, Joshua E. Stubbs, Chrissy Su, Maria Turkenburgh-van Diepen, Suzan Vellekoop, Fernanda Veneu, and Xinyue Yuan

Journal of Geography in Higher Education: Volume 47, Issue 1

FundersUniversity of York
Publication date31/01/2023
Publication date online30/11/2021
Date accepted by journal31/10/2021
PublisherInforma UK Limited

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Professor Lizzie Rushton

Professor Lizzie Rushton

Professor of Education, Education