Economic and Social Research Council

Battle of Ideas headline partner

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) exists to fund excellent social science research and to promote its impact on the UK’s economic and social development. To tackle the country’s current challenges we need the best possible research evidence, and social scientists are analysing the issues that will determine our future success. It is vitally important that this research continues to be informed by the widest possible perspectives, and the Battle of Ideas provides a valuable opportunity for researchers to engage in dialogue with people from outside of academic circles. The Council is delighted, therefore, to sponsor this debate and I look forward to vigorous and insightful contributions from all participants.

Drs Astrid Wissenburg, Interim Chief Executive, ESRC


 Festival Buzz

"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India