“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

ESRC writing competition: How to write a winning entry

Martin Ince is a science journalist and president of the Association of British Science Writers. Among his many books are Conversations with Manuel Castells, and the Rough Guide to the Earth. He is a frequent contributor to the ESRC’s own publications.

Martin will be among the judges of Making Sense of Society, the ESRC writing competition 2016-17, in partnership with SAGE Publishing. Here he writes a piece on the kind of content the judges will be looking for as a winner.

The days are long gone when the only people who had to like a thesis were the examiners who could approve or reject it. Academics now need to be able to talk about their research to broad audiences, and in a way that makes its importance and relevance clear to anyone. That’s why ESRC and SAGE, one of the world’s top social science publishers, are encouraging you to do just that, with a competition which will get current and recent ESRC-funded students writing about the significance of their work. Continue reading