School of Social and Political Science

Professor Nicola McEwen nominated for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize



Nicola McEwen


Professor Nicola McEwen is among the 12 finalists in the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize, recognising her outstanding impact on public policy around devolution and relations between the UK and devolved governments.

Professor McEwen holds a Personal Chair in Territorial Politics at the School of Social and Political Science. In a series of ESRC-funded projects, she explored the impact of Brexit on devolution, exposed the weaknesses of the system of intergovernmental relations, and worked with governments and parliaments to shape reforms.

She said: “I’m proud to have played a part in shaping reforms to the system of intergovernmental relations. The changes announced in January 2022 were promising. But my research also makes clear that, if they are to restore trust and help to build a more effective system, new processes must be accompanied by a willingness to share power, empathy, and mutual respect.”

The annual ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its 10th year, recognises the success of ESRC-funded researchers in achieving and enabling outstanding economic, societal or policy impact from their research.

In 2022, the ESRC will award prizes for:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise
  • Outstanding Impact in Early Career
  • Outstanding Impact in International
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy
  • Outstanding Impact in Society
  • The John Hills Impact Prize 2022

Professor McEwen is nominated in the Public Policy category.

The awards ceremony will be in London on 2 November, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The full list of finalists is here.