Pre-election report reaching completion

4 November 2014

Professor James Wilsdon and David Walker in discussion

With just a month until we submit our pre-election report for publication, The Business of People: The significance of UK social science over the next decade has entered a critical phase of its production.

A draft is in the hands of a review panel, chaired by the former Chief Executive of the ESRC, Professor Paul Boyle FAcSS. Drawing on their decades of experience of the subject matter and of how best to present to an audience that includes policymakers and politicians, the group will ‘sense-check’ its content and advise on amendment. The final version will be informed by their experience and illustrated with diagrams and case-studies.

Our working group held its penultimate meeting last week to refine the report and spot any remaining gaps in its content. At its core are a set of recommendations addressing issues such as the place of social science in the government’s science and innovation strategy and in funding councils, cross-disciplinary research and practice, ‘big data’, and the place of the UK’s social science globally.

The report will be launched on 3 February 2015 in Westminster, just three months before the General Election and Spending Review. The Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, will give the keynote speech, joined by a panel from a range of sectors that use and produce social science.

A second video and hashtag for the report will be published shortly. See the first video

Working Group Collage

Working Group Collage