New Research Institute to be launched at University
Professor Paul Boyle Chief Executive of The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) will be making a keynote address at the launch of the newly formed Research Institute of Applied Social Sciences (RIASS) at Swansea University later this week.
In a talk entitled The Future of Social Sciences in the UK, Prof Boyle will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the social sciences, and the role of ESRC as the UK’s leading research and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.
Prof Boyle said, “Through excellent social science research we can achieve a greater understanding of a range of issues facing society including how we can influence human behaviour, achieve sustainable growth, and address widening inequalities. The UK has an internationally acclaimed social science research community, championed by the ESRC, and this new initiative brings together some leading players in the field.”
Prof Boyle will be joining the Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Richard B. Davies and the Director of RIASS, Professor Judith Phillips at the launch event at the Council Chamber, Singleton Abbey, Swansea University at 2pm on Friday 25 November.
Professor Judith Phillips, Director of RIASS said, “The research institute is a significant multidisciplinary research initiative which seeks to promote applied social science research in all disciplines including human, health, environmental sciences, physical, engineering and life sciences.
“RIASS will further our understanding of societal needs and challenges and find creative solutions, contributing to public policy, economic development and service development. It incorporates world leading research drawing on recognised strengths across Swansea University through core research centres. This is an exciting opportunity for the University to showcase its excellent research in applied social sciences and the impact our work has nationally and internationally with government, third sector and business.’
The event will close the University’s first Interdisciplinary Research Week, (21-25 November) a campus-wide series of events, activities, lectures, and exhibitions, which aims to promote best practice and stimulate new ideas and collaborations within the University’s research community.
For more information www.swansea.ac.uk/research/interdisciplinary-research-week
The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. More at www.esrc.ac.uk
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