The London School of Economics (LSE) Impact blog, one of the UK’s most well renowned blogs, has today welcomed SAGE’s Global Publishing Director, Ziyad Marar to its Advisory Board. With a 16 strong board of academics and policy figures, Ziyad is the only appointed publisher, supporting the development of academic conversation surrounding key changes taking place in the industry.
The LSE Impact blog, a key resource for researchers, librarians, students, think-tanks and Government looking to maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences, aims to encourage debate, share best practice and keep the impact community up to date with news, events and the latest research.As the LSE communications team explain:
“Today’s landscape of scholarly communication is rapidly changing, and it is imperative that the blog and its wider network is responsive to that […] We are incredibly excited to draw from the range of expertise available from the Board and are looking forward to connecting our readers to the work done by these influential leaders.”
At SAGE a key part of our publishing mission is to support and facilitate debate in the academic community around changes currently taking place, for example: harnessing the power of new technology, big data and interdisciplinary research. Since joining SAGE over 25 years ago, Ziyad has played a pivotal role in both initiating and supporting SAGE’s global work in campaigning for the social sciences. This has included working alongside key organisations to lobby against government acts and threats to social science funding, as well as working with key policy figures and academics to publish research outputs into the challenges against social sciences in the UK.
The LSE Impact blog provides a platform for where these discussions can take place. The introduction of an advisory board to help harness and input into key industry topics such as the REF, data and society and the future of scholarship, will continue to ensure the relevance and cutting edge nature of the blog. We are delighted to be able to support this and to help engage with the academic debates that most affect our industry.
More information on the LSE Impact Blog Advisory Board can be found here.