Lancaster University Management School - 54 Degrees Issue 14

42 | For researchers to engagewith those affected by their outcomes, wemust involve key stakeholders fromthe start. Yet thosewith thegreatest stakeoftenhave little real influence. ProfessorKatyMason and Dr SharonWagg explain howtheirwork on MobileAccessNorthYorkshire (MANY), aDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media andSport (DCMS) 5G testbed and trial initiative, put the local community at the heart of the huge infrastructure project, ensuring voiceswere heard andopinions were actedon, and setting an example for future infrastructure programmes. The importance of engaging