New chair to speak at debate on global grand challenges

31 October 2017

Professor Shamit Saggar, the new chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, will join a high profile panel to explore the role social science research in tackling some of the global grand challenges.

Organised by Springer Nature and the Economic and Social Research Council, the event will mark the launch of the 15th annual ESRC Festival of Social Science. The panel of social science experts will look at the important role research plays beyond academia, discussing how research can address issues such as climate change, economics, race, migration, health and interdisciplinarity.

Hosted by Laurie Taylor of BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, the event’s other panellists will include:

  • Professor Lord Nicholas Stern – Chair, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
  • Professor Felicity Callard – Director, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

Professor Saggar said:

“The social sciences are at the forefront of finding solutions to issues ranging from ageing and climate change, to migration, productivity, housing and much more. Yet, as the scale and complexity of society’s most pressing questions grows, so too does the need for strong social science.

“I am delighted to join this distinguished panel to discuss the role of the social sciences in taking on these grand challenges. There has never been a more important time to make the case for the impact of social science research and insight in navigating these issues.”

Attendees will include opinion leaders, policymakers, researchers and citizens who care about the impact of social sciences on climate change, global health, sustainable urban development, the digitally transformed world, resource security, and more. Those not able to attend the event in person are encouraged to contribute to the discussion on social media using the hashtag #FOSSImpact.

More information about the event