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Debra Rowe

President, Founder and Facilitator, US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Among her many accomplishments and initiatives, Debra is the founder and facilitator of the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows program. President of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and a professor of sustainable energies, Dr. Rowe is committed to aligning education and research with the Sustainable Development Goals and connecting practitioners with researchers and students for improved curricula, research, career advising and workforce development for the emerging green and sustainable economy. She recently co-authored the Global Guidance Document on Education for Green Jobs with UNEP-YEA and facilitates their Green Jobs Initiative.

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Alternative Communication Formats—Bridging the Last Mile


2023 | Feb 23, Chirag Jay Patel, Debra Rowe, Kara Mitzel, Blythe Thomas, Alexa Colella

The original promise of an Open Access model of publishing was to make research outcomes available to the public who paid for the research to have taken place through publicly funded research grants. As a result, the movement toward OA publishing has taken on a life of its own as a commercial publishing strategy, driven by many factors. Yet, how are we actually doing in fulfilling one of the fundamental promises of OA—actually getting research findings into the hands of the public, policymakers, and practitioners in a usable format that actually affects change, rather than just making research findings more accessible to researchers? The two goals are quite different! This webinar will discuss motivations and models and present case studies about how to deliver on the promise to make research outcomes truly accessible and actionable. Addressing this “Last Mile” of research communication is critical to informing and empowering those who make policies and laws, which influence responsible corporate and personal behavior, and who help shape public perception.