Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow

by Alex Hulkes

In the spring of this year we published a blog that described how applicants to RCUK (as it was then) applied across research council boundaries. This more wintery post takes a crisp early-morning canter through an aspect of what is now cross-UKRI behaviour – the flows of funding between the seven research councils. Continue reading

Lessons learned through failure

by Olivia Maynard

This is how I chose to tell my colleagues on Twitter that I’d been awarded a prestigious ESRC New Investigator Grant. People congratulated me and ‘liked’ my post – it looked like a fantastic success story. However, I’m sure there were many (particularly other early career researchers) who read my post in dismay –  I certainly remember the feeling of personal failure when others had posted something similar in the past. So, I quickly decided to follow up my initial post to show that every success story has a (often long) back story… Continue reading

Using social science data to solve a social housing problem

by Farida Mustafazade

When I graduated from my master’s degree in financial mathematics from University College London, I started working as a research intern at a real estate development company, where I developed an interest in housing data analytics. I soon wanted to be in an environment where I could develop quicker as an analyst. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme provided a unique opportunity. Continue reading

Exploring partnership in a changing world

by Savita Willmott

Who contributes to “environmental solutions”? As the evidence for climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental change mounts, researchers and practitioners are increasingly trying to find new ways to motivate public and sector stakeholders to take pro-environmental actions. In order to make sure that public communication campaigns are effective, environmental communicators regularly seek out partnerships to reach audiences, often through working with communities or audience-led organisations. Continue reading

Mental health, academic life and me

by Matt Flinders

There can be little doubt that mental health is a growing global challenge. And it really is a global challenge. Although rapid rises in relation to depression, anxiety, substance misuse, self-harming and eating disorders have been well-documented in many ‘advanced’ and relatively wealthy countries, it has been estimated that over 80% of those suffering from mental health disorders actually live in the Global South where support is rare.

Seen from this perspective the potential role and impact of the social sciences in terms of helping to understand why the mental health of so many nations seems to be fraying and what might be done has never been greater. I’m not suggesting that it is the role of the social sciences to come up with simple answers to complex problems. But I am suggesting that the complexity of the mental health challenge – with its cultural, economic and political dimensions – demands an inter-disciplinary approach with the social sciences at its core. Continue reading