The Biodiversa Stakeholder Engagement Handbook is a non-academic practical guide for researchers planning and carrying out research projects. It is designed to assist you identify relevant stakeholders to engage with to enhance the impact of your work. This Handbook draws upon exiting literature and presents case studies that provide clear, simple guidance on ‘why’, ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ to engage.


To ensure a balanced representation of society is effectively engaged with research activities, the Handbook considers a three-step stakeholder identification process:

  • identification of relevant stakeholders;
  • assessing and prioritisation;
  • and developing understanding.

This process will help you ascertain opportunities and risks of engagement and ensure you are able to recognise and overcome barriers to engagement, making your engagement processes more inclusive. It will also help you enhance the legitimacy and societal relevance of your scientific research.

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Handbook chapters
  • PART 1: Introduction
  • PART 2: Why engage with stakeholders
  • PART 3: How to identify stakeholders
  • PART 4: When to engage with stakeholders
  • PART 5: Methods for engagement
  • PART 6: Planning the detail of the engagement
  • PART 7: Managing stakeholder conflict
  • PART 8: Monitoring and evaluating the engagement
Additional ressources

Annex 2 - Conflict Management Tools