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Researchers discuss the impact of their work

1 November 2022

Child taking part in the festival of social science

Academics from Cardiff University have been sharing their research as part of the 20th anniversary UK-wide Festival of Social Science.

Working in partnership with Bangor University and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the 22 in-person and virtual events cover a wide range of topics – from projects on social care in Wales to actions to sustain classroom ventilation; from explorations of Wales, wool and slavery to the future of sustainable farming in Wales.

Hosted by academics at both universities, the theme for this year is ‘my local area’, with talks aimed at the general public and youth audiences, with many being of interest to other groups such as third sector organisations and policy makers.

Professor Claire Gorrara, Dean for Research and Innovation for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “The Festival of Social Science provides us with an exciting opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the outstanding social science research at Cardiff University. Our impactful research is informing the development of policies, services and innovation, and addressing major societal challenges in Wales, the UK and internationally.

“This year’s theme of ‘my local area’ celebrates any and all aspects of social science research that relates to the areas in which our institutions are based, and Wales more broadly.

“All our events engage researchers and broader communities in making a difference; in thinking and acting as advocates for change – here in Wales now and for the future – and setting agendas. In the rapidly shifting times in which we live, social sciences research has never been more important for the betterment of our local and global communities.”

Professor Alison Park, interim ESRC Executive Chair, said: “The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and its relevance to individuals, society and the economy. This year we are celebrating the festival’s 20th birthday with hundreds of free events across the UK, including at Cardiff and Bangor Universities. We hope the events are enjoyable and inspiring.”

The Festival of Social Science runs until November 13. Check out its full programme here.

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A full run down of events taking place at this year's festival.