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UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences

The UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences brings together senior representatives from organisations that fund, commission and use social science research in order to facilitate discussion about the major issues and challenges facing the social sciences. The Forum provides an arena for these issues to be debated at the highest level, and to ensure the needs of the social sciences are addressed and tackled. The Forum was established in 2001, originally hosted by the Economic and Social Research Council. Since October 2009 the British Academy has hosted the Forum. It meets twice-yearly at the offices of the British Academy The Forum has four key aims: To facilitate high-level knowledge exchange; To maintain a strategic overview of social science capacity in UK institutions; To monitor and share information about the policy, political and structural context within which UK social science research takes place; To advocate the value of social science research, in the UK and internationally.

 

UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences

The UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences brings together senior representatives from organisations that fund, commission and use social science research in order to facilitate discussion about the major issues and challenges facing the social sciences. The Forum provides an arena for these issues to be debated at the highest level, and to ensure the needs of the social sciences are addressed and tackled. The Forum was established in 2001, originally hosted by the Economic and Social Research Council. Since October 2009 the British Academy has hosted the Forum. It meets twice-yearly at the offices of the British Academy

The Forum has four key aims:

  • To facilitate high-level knowledge exchange;

  • To maintain a strategic overview of social science capacity in UK institutions;

  • To monitor and share information about the policy, political and structural context within which UK social science research takes place;

  • To advocate the value of social science research, in the UK and internationally.

Areas of discussion

The Forum’s agenda for its twice-yearly meetings is constructed to enable strategic discussion about topical areas of shared interest or concern. Recent themes included:

  • The release of government data for secondary analysis;

  • The role of social science, and particularly the Chief Scientific Advisers, in government policy making;

  • Government policies on higher education, science and research strategies and funding;

  • The Research Excellence Framework;

  • The capacity of social science research in UK institutions, including areas of vulnerability;

  • The demand for and use of social science research by government and other policy organisation.

Member organisations will use the Forum to debate issues and challenges facing the social sciences. The Forum does not inhibit individual organisations’ freedom of action but will facilitate coherent initiatives and policy positions when it is deemed appropriate. 

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