Institute of Education


New Collaborative Social Science Domain launched

13 December 2017

UCL has launched a new collaborative research domain in an event chaired by Professor Alison Fuller, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Pro-Director: Research and Development.

Collaborative Social Science Domain launch

The Collaborative Social Science Domain (CSSD) aims to support and promote combined research activity between social scientists and scientists from other disciplines.

The event outlined activities undertaken by CSSD as well as the group's future plans. It featured a keynote speech by James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement at the University of Sheffield and programme leader at the Centre for Global Higher Education, entitled "Brokers and boundary-spanners: the changing role of the social sciences in the UK research landscape".

The talk explored major shifts in the UK research environment, including Brexit, the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund, as well as opportunities and uncertainties created by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Collaborative Social Science Domain speakers

The event featured research CSSD has supported previously, including a project by Dr Nicholas Firth and Professor Mary Sullivan exploring whether Amazon Echo can be used to help people living with dementia.

This project was funded by the CSSD's 2016/17 Social Science Plus+ programme, and investigated whether the technology may be able to facilitate independence for people with dementia.

There was also a panel discussion focusing on Opportunities and Challenges with representatives from ESRC, the Bartlett faculty and the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Alison Fuller said: "I am delighted that UCL is launching the Collaborative Social Science Domain.

"UCL has world-leading expertise in the full range of social science disciplines distributed across the institution. The CSSD will help mobilise this enormously rich resource to foster and facilitate cross-disciplinary research collaborations and capacity building, increasing the capability of our research and its impact on complex and major societal challenges.

"The Domain's aims are strongly aligned with UCL 2034 and research strategies, and reflect UCL's sustained commitment to and investment in social science and cross-disciplinarity as integral to the environment it provides for students and staff, and its mission as London's global university."

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