eNews October 2012

Image: email header Oct 2012

Festival of Social Science 2012

This year sees the tenth annual Festival of Social Science taking place between 3-10 November.

Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the Festival's many engaging events via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more, with over 150 free events being held throughout the UK.

The festival offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

Full details of all events can be found on the festival pages of our website.

Funding opportunities

  • ESRC-RGC (Hong Kong) bilateral
  • Promoting physical activity in older age: call for research grants
  • Knowledge Navigator for local government opportunity
  • ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers research fund
  • ESRC-DFID joint fund for poverty alleviation research - phase 3

More funding opportunities

Award nomination for Centre

The ESRC Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) is amongst the four nominees in the category of Organisational Achievement, for the 2012 Signature Annual Awards - which celebrates the individuals and organisations leading the field in deaf communications across the UK and Ireland.

HMRC and the taxpayer

The recent IFS residential conference ‘HMRC and the taxpayer’ brought together over 90 leading academics, policymakers and practitioners to share perspectives on an important area of public policy: the tax system and the relationship between tax authority and taxpayer.

Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive and IFS look forward to holding a similar event again in two years’ time.

View event details and David Gauke MP's speech.

Date for your diary

A call for papers for the Understanding Society Research Conference 2013 will be announced in November 2012.

The conference takes place from 24-26 July 2013 at the University of Essex.

More details will be available on the ISER website.


ADLS conference

A major conference on  innovations in the field of administrative data linkage and analysis is being held by the Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS) on 16 November 2012.

Full details of the event can be found on the ADLS website, and secure online bookings can be made via the University of St Andrews online shop.


Website - relaunch

In the lead up to the first results from the UK’s largest ever research project on poverty and social exclusion, the PSE: UK website, has just been re-launched, with a host of new features to improve access to the project data and findings.


  • 11 October: Reframing resolution: managing individual workplace conflict, Seminar 1
  • 11-12 October: CASS course: Questionnaire Design
  • 12 October: Policy experiments: Maximising impact
  • 17 October: The 2012 Royal Economic Society Policy Lecture
  • 20 October: Green Crime, Seminar 1

More events

Latest research features

More features


Professor David Denyer, Cranfield School of Management has been awarded the ‘most influential UK thinker’ prize.

UK~IRC Researcher - Professor David Gann, hosted Dr Vince Cable for the launch of the industry and growth strategy at the Imperial College Business School.

Professor Richard Blundell, IFS Research Director and Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, has been awarded the 2012 IZA Prize in Labor Economics.