QUB awarded £1m for social and economic research

  • More than £1 million has been awarded to Queens University Belfast to support academics using social science-based research to tackle major societal challenges across the world over the next period of four years.

    This substantial investment will enable social scientists at Queen’s to develop flexible, creative and tailored approaches to increase the social and economic impact of research whether it be local, national or international. The award will allow Queens’s to do more to build skills and enhance culture of knowledge exchange within the University by supporting academics to apply their research to education across to the economy, reaching social work and security.

    "Over the next four years, this funding will bring our research to the next level by enabling social scientists to collaborate more with a greater range of businesses, policymakers, NGOs and civil society. It will create new opportunities for our researchers and their research to make a positive contribution to the wider society and to the economy. I am looking forward to what the next four years of ESRC funding will bring for our researchers, as we enhance and expand our impact on society," commented Professor Adrienne Scullion, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s.

    "This next generation of IAA funding will enable research organisations to build the capacity, capability and opportunity for social scientists to play their part in ensuring the UK’s world-leading research is brought to bear on the pressing social and economic challenges and opportunities we face," commented Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of ESRC.

    The QUB ESRC IAA is due to be launched in April 2019 and will run until March 2023.

    Source: Queens University Belfast

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