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ESRC Festival of Social Science: The Economic Crisis

The economic crisis: social science's 'wasted opportunity'?

An event welcoming all those working in policy and academia to respond to the criticism that social science has done nothing to react to the economic crisis. The event includes brief presentations by four invited speakers working in both policy and academia.  Following this, the audience will be given the opportunity to comment on the issues raised and a dialogue will be encouraged to discuss the 'way forward' in overcoming difficulties of knowledge exchange. These conversations can continue over refreshments and canapés after the event.

Confirmed speakers so far: Professor Donald Mackenzie who specialises on the sociology of markets, Dr. Katherine Smith whose expertise focuses on knowledge exchange between policy and research, and the Director of the Institute of Research and Innovation in Social Sciences (IRISS), Dr. Alison Petch, and Dr. Nuala Gormley who is the Head of Strategic Research at the Scottish Government.

The event is taking place on 5 November at 17:30 in the CMB's 6th floor staff room

If you would like to attend, please visit the eventbrite page here to register.

Event contact: Natalie Papanastasiou

The event is funded by the ESRC and is part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science. For more information on the Festival of Social Science visit

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