Leading social scientists meet to plan out major new Campaign report

June 4, 2014

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Leading social science academics and practitioners have met as a working group to plan out a major new Campaign report on the social sciences, to be released ahead of the 2015 general election.

They met at the Royal Statistical Society on 2 June to work on the report, which will spell out social science’s vital contribution to the societal and economic challenges of our time. See video

The meeting featured lively discussion about the report’s scope, structure and thrust, and looked at how to ensure diversity and breadth of representation across the social sciences.

The working group members come from a wide range of disciplines, sectors and regions. They are joined by David Walker, the Campaign’s Head of Policy, and Roses Leech-Wilkinson, our Research and Policy Officer, who will draft the text over the coming months. A review group for the report is chaired by Professor Paul Boyle, current ESRC Chief Executive.

The report will have case-studies and concrete recommendations, and is intended to have direct appeal to MPs, policy-makers, and leaders in government, business, media, higher education, the NHS, consultancies and civil society groups.

To follow the report in the making, see our website and Twitter and Facebook. We will post video interviews shortly.

The working group members are (June 2014):

  • Professor James Wilsdon, Chair, Campaign for Social Science, Professor of Science and Democracy, University of Sussex (Chair)
  • Dr Simon Bastow, Senior Research Fellow, LSE Public Policy Group, co-author The Impact of the Social Sciences
  • Diane Coyle OBE, Enlightenment Economics and Vice Chair, BBC Trust
  • Dr Will Davies, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Charlie Edwards, Director of National Security and Resilience Studies, Royal United Services Institute
  • Sally Hardy AcSS, Chief Executive, Regional Studies Association
  • Michelle Harrison, Chief Executive, TNS-BMRB and Head of WPP Government Practice
  • Professor John Henneberry AcSS, Professor of Property Development Studies, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Heather Laurie MBE, Director, Institute for Social & Economic Research, University of Essex
  • Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE
  • Professor Helen Margetts AcSS, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Professor Daryl O’Connor AcSS, Professor of Psychology, University of Leeds
  • Dr Jane Pilcher, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Leicester
  • Professor Michael Reiss AcSS, Professor of Science Education, Institute of Education
  • Andy Ross, Director of High Oak Enterprises, former Deputy Director of the Government Economic Service and a visiting professor at Reading University
  • Professor Sue Scott AcSS, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York
  • Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society (with help from Roeland Beerten, Director of Professional and Public Affairs)
  • Professor Patricia Thane FBA, Research Professor in Contemporary History, King’s College London
  • David Walker AcSS, Head of Policy, Academy of Social Sciences and Campaign for Social Science
  • Professor Neil Ward AcSS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia.

The working group meeting was the first of four set up to plan the report’s content, argument and delivery.

Working Group collage

Working Group collage