Royston Clark

Hogeschool Leiden

Royston Clark is involved in creating an International Environment for evidence based research across cultures with a broader perspective on societal sustainable development.

Activities

At Leiden University of Applied Sciences and Amsterdam University, Royston is involved in creating an International Environment for evidence based research across cultures with a broader perspective on societal sustainable development. His main message to our department is that lessons of our past heritage should not be overlooked in modern society, especially with respect to our care and concern for future generations. He also supports the research group Residential Youth Care by reviewing manuscripts.

Background

Royston has worked as a business consultant, as well as in the university sector, in disciplines ranging from archaeology, heritage management, law and environmental science for over thirty years. In the UK he has been involved in many aspects of public engagement, including as an Expert Witness in Public Inquiries. Clients have included Honda, Arsenal FC, LG Electronics and local and national government agencies. He has also trained academics and post-graduate students in communicating their expertise to wider audiences in clear, non-technical language.

Business expertise in the environmental sector

For over twenty years his business expertise in the environmental sector has resulted in successful company growth both as Managing Director of CPM Environmental Planning & Design and as a Partner in EDP. 

Business Development Manager

After leaving the business sector, Royston was appointed Business Development Manager at the University of Birmingham. A key responsibility was to assist academics develop their business engagement skills and to develop their research in ways that impacted on society beyond the narrow world of academia. This often involved preparing ‘proof of concept’ documents, legal work in relation to contracts and patents, particularly for the gaming industry, the heritage sector and the Birmingham Law School.

Impact Case Studies

For the UK REF 2014 in which all research active universities were assessed for quality of research, Royston was involved in producing Impact Case Studies (both at Birmingham and at the University of Portsmouth). These studies demonstrated the impact of research beyond academia and covered many disciplines including criminology, heritage management, cosmology, computer science and international development. As a separate project, Royston has spent several years working in Cuba developing contacts within the university and heritage sectors and was appointed Visiting Professor at CUJAE in Havana.

Royston’s role in business development and impact related research has been to prepare clear, non-technical documents capable of being read and understood by non-specialists, as well as preparing ‘pathways to impact’ documents which are required by all UK government research funding bodies.