When SAGE was founded, nearly 50 years ago, our founder Sara Miller McCune firmly believed that publishing engaged scholarship could change the way that we look at the world. This has remained an integral belief of SAGE. Social science research has a key role to play in society, creating healthy minds and healthy cultures and providing an evidence base to inform a global community and help foster better public policy.
At the heart of SAGE’s publishing is a deeply help commitment to the value and importance of supporting the social sciences, be this through partnerships with key global organisations helping to facilitate voices against change, or though the support and dissemination of high quality academic research. Social science plays a crucial role in society and we are therefore absolutely delighted to be extending our partnership with the ESRC once again to support and participate in the 12 annual Economic Social & Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, taking place from 1-8 November.
As part of this festival, SAGE will be hosting a panel debate with Sense About Science on Thursday 6 November in London, entitled Making Sense of Social Science Research. Our event this year looks at how can we judge or trust claims made in the media. The panellists will ask of themselves and the audience to debate and challenge whether or not peer review can help us make sense of social science research. We are thrilled to have a highly esteemed group of panellists joining us, representing the media, policy and academic angles. These are:
- Chair: Prateek Buch, Sense About Science
- Jonathan Breckon, Alliance for Useful Evidence
- Michael Hanlon, a science journalist for national papers such as The Guardian and the author of five popular science books
- Aileen Murphie, Director, Home Affairs Value for Money at UK National Audit Office
- Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate & Culture, Kings College London
We hope that many of you will be able to join us to take part in the debate, but if you can’t don’t forget to follow the conversation on Twitter – #esrcfestival / @senseaboutsci / @SAGE_News