“Social science can be key to turning much research and innovation into effective action that improves outcomes”

by Martin Ince

Professor Jennifer Rubin, ESRC’s new Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate, explains her goals for the ESRC, her research background and how social science can help address global problems to improve outcomes.

Professor Jennifer Rubin has just become the ESRC’s Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate. In April, the post will transform into Executive Chair of ESRC, one of the nine constituent bodies of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

She joins from King’s College London, where she is professor of public policy and was director of the Policy Institute at King’s. Continue reading

Application and award success rates – what the data tells us

Alex Hulkes is Strategic Lead for Insights at the ESRC, and is responsible for developing our ability to evaluate and carry out data-informed analysis of ESRC investments, policy and operation.

Here he highlights why we publish our application and award data, and what conclusions we might be able to draw from it.


You may have noticed that we’ve just published a new set of application and award data showing the number of applications and awards from each research organisation (RO) that has applied for ESRC funding in the last five financial years. The set also contains similar data on numbers of applications and awards based on the research disciplines used to classify grants. Continue reading

Picture of the week: The evolution of www.esrc.ac.uk

This week we launched our new ESRC website, alongside a new standalone site for our archived Research Catalogue.

Our last website revamp was in 2011, and this time we have harmonised with our sister councils so that we are all now on the same platform.

Here’s a nostalgic look back at some of the previous versions of the ESRC website from 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2015…

Picture of the week: Society Now

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