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


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