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What Affects Your Engagement with the UK Government?


The information you provide will be used to understand current academic engagement with UK Government. It will also be used to build an evidence base for a scoping project to increase the number of mid-career scientists in the Civil Service at senior levels, permanently. To share your views, please click here to fill out the […]


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Highlights from the ACCESS Assembly 2024


Over the two days we delved into inclusivity, accessibility and the more-than-human in climate and environment experiences. One of the highlights of the two days was the Flex Fund showcase where all nine project leads talked about their work from fashion to water scarcity, energy poverty to urban bio-diversity renewal. Collaboration was certainly one of the key mantras of the conference, articulated brilliantly by the […]


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Reflections on this year’s ACCESS Leadership College from Richard Bridge


Read Richard’s reflections on his time at this year’s Leadership College Retreat, 24 to 26 April, at Dartington Hall in Devon. Before writing this piece, he canvased the whole cohort for their most memorable moments. Whilst impossible to include them all, his blog gives us a flavour of their time spent together. A 1km-long illegal […]


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What is a marine citizen? A short film from Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and Ocean Conservation Trust


Enjoy this short 2 minute film based upon research by Pamela Buchan, ACCESS Leadership College Fellow at the University of Exeter. Pamela co-created the film with Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and Ocean Conservation Trust with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).   Directed by Temujen Gunawardena Artwork by Jess Balla Edited […]


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What factors influence Environmental Social Science inclusion in policy and practice? ACCESS report


In this report authors Birgitta Gatersleben, George W. Warren, Valentine Seymour, Harry Marshall, and Gerardo A. Torres Contreras determined there are five themes that could influence Environmental Social Science impact on policy and practice in both positive and/or negative ways from the interviews; Perceived Value Accessibility Problem Framing Networks Timings and Relevance The report’s recommendations: Continue championing the value of ESS, […]


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“The social sciences act as a secret sauce in ways that catalyse more effective and impactful research and innovation…”


Hear from James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy from the University College London (UCL) and ACCESS Advisory Board member, talking about a new report that emphasises the vitally important yet underdeveloped role of the social sciences in the UK’s current research, development and innovation system. Drawing on data which highlights the ways in which social […]


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Foresight for sustainable development and well-being governance in Wales report


The report includes results from a series of pilot projects designed to improve futures and foresight capabilities in Welsh Government, detailed responses from officials working in several other national governments and a set of recommendations geared to further develop and embed futures and foresight practices in Wales. For those who are unfamiliar with futures and […]


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Public acceptance of smart home technologies in the UK: a citizens’ jury study


Her and the team of other researchers involved in the study, found that whilst participants identified the benefits of smart home technologies, participants’ data sharing intentions and practices were contingent upon the condition of trust in technology developers. The study outcomes could support practitioners and policymakers in making informed, citizen-led decisions about how to adapt […]


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How can social scientists can get involved with the Catapult Network?


Will talks about the Catapult Connected Places and the Catapult network and explains why integrating the social sciences in their work is so important. He highlights several great opportunities for social scientists to get involved with their projects. “The Catapult Network supports businesses in transforming great ideas into valuable products and services. We are a […]


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Why understanding people and collecting and using social science evidence is critical to effective marine management


Find out why understanding people and collecting and using social science evidence is critical to effective marine management.  


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