ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019
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The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science is a celebration of the social sciences and 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.

This year, the ESRC Festival of Social Science ran from 2-9 November 2019.

Our events at the University of Plymouth were part of the UK wide festival - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. The 2019 festival was the 17th Festival of Social Science and each year the festival has gone from strength to strength.

The full details of our individual events can be found below.

The University has participated in the event since 2014.

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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science 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.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


Follow the ESRC Festival of Social Science on Twitter at #ESRCFestival or visit the ESRC website for further information.

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