Engaged Social Science:  Impacts and Use of Research in the UK 2014: Presentations and resources

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 DifferenceSlides from the event are available here and the full podcast of the event is available here.

Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2013: Presentations and resources

Focusing on the opportunities and challenges that open access presents for the humanities and social sciences, the conference provided stimulating contributions from all sides of the OA debate, with the goal of encouraging and shaping HSS-relevant engagement. Featuring panellists from academia, funders, publishers and learned societies, the landmark event addressed the foundational questions of ‘Why Open Access?’ and ‘What type of Open?’ before considering the potential benefits that OA could provide for HSS and the possible routes towards more open futures.

In conjunction with the Open Access Futures event, the Impact blog put together its first eCollection – Open Access Perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The collection delves deeper into many of the issues discussed at the event, as well as provides additional space for topics we may not have been able to suitably cover during the event. The panel sessions were video recorded and are available to watch here. In the coming week, we will look to compile further material from the event.

Social Science in the Public Sphere: Riots, Class and Impact 2013 – Presentations and resources

On Tuesday 2nd July, 2013 we hosted an event that looked at the opportunities and challenges of undertaking large-scale public social science projects. Professor Tim Newburn (LSE) discussed the Reading the Riots project run jointly with the Guardian. Professor Fiona Devine (Manchester) and Dr Sam Friedman (City) discussed the Great British Class Survey, which was a joint project with BBC Labs. We also looked at how these projects fit within the impact agenda and their challenges to traditional academic dissemination. This event was chaired by Jane Tinkler, Research Fellow and Manager of the LSE Public Policy Group. Podcasts and presentations available here.

Impact Conference 2012: Presentations and resources

This one day conference marked the end of the three-year ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ project – but not, of course, the Impact blog – based at the London School of Economics that has been funded by HEFCE. Working with colleagues at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds, we looked at the nature and measurement of impact of academic research in the social sciences on government and policymaking, business and industry, and civil society. See all resources here.

Impact Conference 2011: Presentations and resources

Our one day conference in June 2011 looked at a range of issues surrounding the impact of academic work on government, business, communities and public debate. Panel discussions considered what impact is, how impacts happen and innovative ways that academics can communicate their work. The smaller sessions looked at how academic work has impact among policy-making and business communities, and how academic communication can be improved and how individual academics can easily start to asses their own impact. See all the resources here.


These podcasts were recorded at our Investigating Academic Impact conference on 13th June 2011. Choose from ‘Academic Impact on Policy-Making’, ‘A ‘How To’ Guide to Measuring Your Own Impact’, ‘Improving Academic Communication’, and more. Browse the podcasts.

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