Dr Wade Kelly is the Executive Advisor Research Impact at La Trobe University. The focus of Wade’s work is at the nexus of engagement and impact. He works across academic and professional units to embed impact into the culture of the university through policy, development, communications, and impact networks. His research centres on community engagement and impact. Simply put, how and why universities and academics engage with community and the impact it generates.
Wade has been working with adult learners in public and private institutions for almost two decades in a variety of roles. He has supported academics across disciplines in Canada and Australia to translate and mobilise their research for various audiences, including generalist public audiences, the arts, non-profits, NGOs, the health sector, and industry.
He is passionate about knowledge mobilisation to non-academic audiences and the differences institutions can make in communities and on society. Wade’s scholarly foundations provide the underpinnings of the engagement and impact professional development he delivers to academics at all career stages and across disciplines. He weaves his passion for learning and fascination with the information needs of communities throughout his professional role, scholarship, and community-based projects.
He is an in-demand speaker on a variety of topics, including impact in higher education, and has been invited to speak at various international conferences and symposia. Engagement is critical on the pathway to impact, and he endeavours to demonstrate high-quality engagement technique in his professional practice. He is often invited to facilitate panel discussions and his engaging presence has resulted in invites to MC various activities for academic, industry and community events. As part of his mission to make learning more accessible to the general public, he has organised and hosted Nerd Nite in three cities to sold out audiences.
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