The social sciences are often marginalized in society and by Government funding, characterised as ‘problematic disciplines’ whose impact is often misunderstood and misjudged due to their longitudinal nature. However, as David Willetts MP, former Secretary of State for Universities and Science once remarked:
“The social sciences are essential to understanding human behaviour, the wellbeing of citizens and promoting sustainable growth. Social science research generates vital knowledge that informs policy, helping us navigate our way through the world as individuals and as a society.”
2015 marks an important year for both SAGE and the Economic Social & Research Council (ESRC) as we respectively celebrate out 50th Anniversaries. Since our founding’s, we have both shared the belief that social science research plays an integral part in society, providing an evidence base to inform a global community and helping to foster better public policy.
In celebration of this landmark year, SAGE are once again delighted to be partnering with the ESRC to launch and support the writing competition, The World in 2065, aimed at supporting the next generation of social science researchers.
So what do you have to do?
Are you an ESRC funded PhD student or have been within the last three years? Then we want to hear from you!
We are asking for 800 creative words to tell us how your research will shape the world in 2065.
The winner will receive £1,000 cash prize and two runners-up will receive £500 each. All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a master class on ‘How to get published’ and their articles will be published in print and online.
The winners will also be invited to an awards ceremony which will take place at the House of Commons in London on 10 November 2015.
Good luck everyone, we can’t wait to see what you think the social sciences will look like in 2065!