Understanding the impact of social science research

The Sustainability Research Institute is hosting a seminar on understanding the impact of social sciences research on Wednesday 26 October.

With the new Research Excellence Framework in 2014 introducing an impact element into academic assessment, there is an increased need for researchers to better understand the impact of the work that they undertake and publish.  The 'Impact of Social Science' project is a three-year study based at the LSE that also involves colleagues at Leeds University and Imperial College London. The aim of the project is three-fold:

  • to understand how academic impacts happen
  • to understand how impacts can be measured, taking into account disciplinary differences
  • to look at the impact of academic work on three case study areas of government, business and civil society.

This presentation will discuss the findings of the project and will examine both academic and external impacts of research in the social sciences. It will cover definitions of impact, how impacts can be measured and tracked and tips for increasing impact of both individual research and research across groups and units.

The seminar will take place:

On:  Wednesday 26 October 2011

At:   4.00-5.15pm

In:   School of Earth and Environment seminar room 8.119

The seminar will be led by Jane Tinkler, Manager of the LSE Public Policy Group since September 2005.  She is the Research Lead on the Impact of Social Sciences project, which is based at the LSE working with Leeds University and Imperial College London.  She is authoring a book on the findings of the research (along with Patrick Dunleavy) due to be published by Palgrave in mid-2012.  Her other areas of expertise are digital public services on which she co-authored a book entitled Digital Era Governance: IT Corporations, the State and e-Government in 2006.  She is also co-editing a book on innovation through design approaches in public services, which will be published by Gower in 2012. Lastly she is co-authoring a book on citizen redress in UK public services being published by Edward Elgar in 2012.

Prior to this, she was Managing Editor of the journals, Political Studies and Political Studies Review for six years. She also was a Research Fellow in the School of Public Policy, University College London. Her first degree was in psychology and business at Leeds University and she later took an MSc in social sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London.

For more information please contact Luuk Fleskens (35279) or Anna Wesselink (31635).

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