Yesterday I was one of more than 200 attendees at a London event launching a report called ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’. Produced by the Academy of Social Sciences, and sponsored by the Economic Social and Research Council, the report contains a series of case studies that aim to show the contribution that social scientists make to the well being of society.
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The gauntlet was well and truly thrown down to the audience of social scientists; policy makers and government by a panel including David Willetts MP and Tony Wright MP. Increased collaboration with the hard sciences; using promotion and lay summaries; and playing an active role in educating the policy community were just some of the edicts they presented. With higher education funding under fire, speakers noted the critical timing for social scientists in getting the value of their work noticed.