Engaged Social Science:  Impacts and Use of Research in the UK
Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Wednesday 29 January 2014
London School of Economics, Holborn

Podcast of the event available here
Slides on slideshare

The LSE Public Policy Group and SAGE marked the launch of a landmark analysis of the impacts that research in the social sciences has on government, business and the public: the book is called The Impact of Social Sciences: How Academics and their Research make a Difference.

Panel speakers included:

  • 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)

Slides from presentation given by Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler on key findings from the book:

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University social science plays an essential role in the ‘human-dominated’ and ‘human-influenced’ systems that are central to our modern civilization. Across the world around 40 million people now work or study in university social science, or work in jobs where they ‘translate’ or mediate advances in social science research for use in business, government and public agencies, health care systems, media and civil society organizations. Yet the impacts of university social science have been under-researched, and their effectiveness often decried. Relatively little is known about the scale, diversity, and external salience of university social science research as a discipline group. This evidence-based study attempts to describe this successful and sizeable UK industry and highlights the impacts it systematically has on the UK’s economy and society.

The event will hear from an elite panel of experts from government, business, civil society and the media, and will discuss the benefits and barriers to utilizing academic research in their sectors, and the salience and value of social science expertise.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Spaces are filling up fast, so if you would like to attend book your ticket now or email A taster of the book’s contents using visualisations can be found here.

Leading up to the event, the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog will also be covering key themes and areas of debate from the text. Follow the discussion on the blog and on Twitter at #impactsocsci.

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