impactcoverThe Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference by Simon Bastow, Patrick Dunleavy, and Jane Tinkler. 

The three-year Impact of Social Sciences Project has culminated in a monograph published by SAGE. The book presents thorough analysis of how academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts, contributes to economic prosperity, and informs public understanding of policy issues as well as economic and social changes. This book is essential reading for academics, researchers, university administrators, government and private funders, and anyone interested in the global conversation about joining up and increasing the societal value and impact of social science knowledge and research.


  • View a selection of the data visualisations that appear in the book here.
  • Browse our Living Bibliography with links to further resources.
  • Research Design and Methods Appendix [PDF]
  • “Assessing the Impacts of Academic Social Science Research: Modelling the economic impact on the UK economy of UK-based academic social science research” [PDF] A report prepared for the LSE Public Policy Group by Cambridge Econometrics.

Research Blogs:

Launch Event:

Wednesday 6.30 – 8.00pm 29 January 2014 – Join the live Google Hangout video stream for the panel discussion on Engaged Social Science:  Impacts and Use of Research in the UK  -London [in-person attendance now sold out].

Speakers include:

          • Mark Easton (Home Editor, BBC News)
          • Penny Lawrence (International Programmes Director, Oxfam GB)
          • Aileen Murphie (Director, Local Government VFM, National Audit Office)
          • Jeff Patmore (former Head Strategic University Research & Collaboration, British Telecom)
          • Professor Lord Stern (Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics)
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