Thanks for writing this up Edo! We are are definitely thinking along similar lines and should talk more about this some time!
In short, I think that EA should start to actively seek to influence academic research and funding norms as a means to ensuring that this industry produces more socially relevant research and rhetoric that will influence key decision makers.
I think that EA can do this by creating lots of academic evidence (e.g., credible ‘published’ research) and some of which will just involve amplifying existing work (e.g., converting high quality EA research into academic paper format).
This will require collaboration and co-design on mutually beneficial projects between academics (who can and want to publish research but often lack good data collection opportunities) and practitioners (who often have good data and benefit from publishing, but lack the ability or incentives to justify that effort). Happy to unpack that a bit more in the future when I have more time!
Looking forward to seeing that unpacked :)