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Calling all university social scientists…

Help us to understand more about how research in your discipline has impacts in society.

Fill out our short survey here

As part of the Impact of Social Sciences project, we will be running a short survey for the next few months asking social science academics their views on how research impacts different areas of society, such as business, government, and the third sector, and how the impacts of research could be improved.

So if you are a university social scientist based in the UK, we would like to hear your views. The survey is relatively short, and provides ample space for you to tell us what you think.

 It focuses in particular on:

  • How you rate the impacts of your research and research in your discipline;
  • Identify some good examples of impact and its dynamics; and
  • How impacts could be strengthened or boosted.

We are trying to reach a wide range of social science researchers, covering as many disciplines as possible (see the graph below). We would like to hear from academics working in core social science disciplines, as well as those in other disciplines that involve social sciences in cross-over or inter-disciplinary ways. We are also interested to hear from you if you work predominantly in physical or natural sciences, or in arts and humanities, but are interested in potential cross-over research with social science subjects.

The survey will only take 10 minutes or so to complete. But please feel free to give us as much detail as you would like, and leave us your contact details at the end so that we can stay in touch.

Also, it would be great if you would spread the word to other social science colleagues in the hope that they might fill in the survey too.

Many thanks for your interest and help! We really appreciate it.


 Our estimation of the number of social science academics doing research 2010/11, by discipline.

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