One of the core aims of ACCESS is to increase the accessibility and impact of environmental social science. We can do this by building capacity for more effective inter- and trans-disciplinary working amongst environmental social scientists and those we work with.
High-quality placement schemes hosted by credible organisations can help. They provide an opportunity for academic social scientists to improve their interdisciplinary research skills and gain experience of applying social science insights in practice.
Placement schemes can offer important development and networking experiences, especially in helping researchers understand more about policy development and delivery. For example, UK Research and Innovation offers UKRI-funded PhD students a three-month placement at an influential policy organisation. The Open Innovation Team, which tends to have broader eligibility criteria, offers placement opportunities for PhD students to work across a range of policy projects.