Research engagement is the interaction between researchers and research end-users outside of academia, for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods or resources (Australian Research Council).

1. Identify end-users

Research end-users are businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations, communities and individuals who will directly use or benefit from your research (ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment).

  1. List groups or individuals who would be affected by your research. Who could experience a change in knowledge, understanding, behaviour, methods or processes?
  2. Think about how the end-users will be affected or influenced by your research.

Search for potential end-users

Search online to identify key figures or groups associated with your research area, what challenges they face or what they are saying on your topic.

Company and industry partners

Our Company and industry guide has tools and resources to find reports and other information on Australian and International companies.

Google search

  1. Go to Google advanced search
  2. Use the site or domain: field to find current and past results from a particular organisation, government or social media site.

Note: You can only search one site or domain at a time. See our web searching guide for tips on how to search Google.

Set up an alert

Set up a Google alert on your topic to monitor for new results.  You can adjust the alert settings, including how often you receive the alert.

Social Searcher

Social Searcher is a social media search engine with free and paid plans. You can search, without logging in, for publicly posted information on social media sites, including X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and more.  

Social searcher:

  • identifies popular and active users. This may help you find key people or groups
  • lets you pick which social media sites or types to search or you can search all at once
  • offers an email alert feature. Set up an account to use it.