Campaign publishes annual report for 2014-15

April 10, 2015

Annual report 2014-15

The Campaign has published its annual report for 2014 and early 2015, with details of all our recent activities. In the report, our Chair, Professor James Wilsdon, says: “Whatever the outcome of this year’s general election, the challenges facing the UK will demand the skills, insights and imagination of well-trained social scientists. It’s with confidence in the absolute necessity of social science that the Campaign has spent the past nine months preparing our most important contribution to date.

“Our report, The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade, makes a powerful case for an increase in the public research budget of at least 10 per cent over the next parliament. The report warns that economic growth and prosperity will falter without a better grasp of human behaviour and public attitudes. Failing to understand the socio-economic dimensions of innovation could jeopardise the potential of new technologies.

“We published The Business of People in February 2015, and will use it as the basis of our advocacy on behalf of the social sciences through the general election, spending review and beyond. We also plan to take the report on roadshows to more than 25 universities. If you would like to join the Campaign to support and strengthen our efforts, please do get in touch.”