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SCIENCE MINISTER LAUNCHES YEAR OF ESRC ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Politicians and business leaders gathered with some of the country’s leading social scientists at an event on 14 January to launch a year of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the ESRC. As part of the event at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP reflected on how the social sciences have developed since the council was granted its Royal Charter in 1965, when it was known as the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and what a difference the research has made to society.

ESRC STRATEGIC PLAN 2015 Speaking ahead of the event,

Greg Clark commented: “Since 1965, the ESRC has played a crucial role in shaping our understanding of important issues including health, justice, education and the economy. On their 50th anniversary we’re reminded not only of the quality and value of social science research in the UK, but also of the central role the ESRC plays in maintaining and advancing the strength of social science, making the UK a partner of choice for world-class research.” The Guardian columnist Polly

Toynbee and Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, also spoke at the event, providing their views on the importance of social


ESRC Research Performance and Economic Impact Report 2013/14

NEW RESEARCH TACKLES DISASTER RISK IN URBAN AFRICA A new programme of research, which aims to reduce disaster risk in urban sub-Saharan Africa, has been awarded £3.3 million of funding from the ESRC and Department for International Development (DFID).

The ESRC plays a central role in maintaining and advancing the strength of UK social science, making the UK a partner of choice for world- class research. The Strategic Plan 2015 sets the principles for how we will work over the coming period, setting out the ESRC’s commitment to focus on those areas where we can add the most value and collaborate with a range of partners to maximise the value of our investments. The plan complements and builds

upon the more immediate priorities set out in our annual Delivery Plan. The Strategic Plan 2015 was informed by a consultation held in 2014 – we are grateful to all respondents for participating in this exercise. To download a copy of the Strategic Plan, see: events/publications/strategic-plan

The Research Performance and Economic Impact Report demonstrates the impact of our investment, support for infrastructure and postgraduate training programme. The excellence of UK social science provides the foundation for high-quality knowledge exchange activity and growth in societal and economic impacts. Collaborative research and connections with business and local government, both in the UK and internationally are the key features of the report. Published along with those of the other UK Research Councils, the report highlights our contribution to world-class social science research and postgraduate training in the UK between March 2013 and April 2014. To download a copy, see: images/RPEI_report_2014_tcm8-33436.pdf

Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) is a three-year programme which will work in cities in Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Niger to better understand the nature and scale of disaster risks in urban centres. By studying the interaction of environmental hazards, such as earthquakes and temperature extremes, in areas with poor housing and marginalised communities, the research aims to break the cycles by which vulnerability and the incapacity to cope with hazards accrue in society. Led by Professor Mark Pelling of

King’s College London, the project engages the private sector and will work with community organisations and local research partners to provide recommendations to manage and reduce risk in these challenging urban environments. The project is funded as part of

the ESRC-DFID Poverty Alleviation Programme. For more information, see: funding-opportunities/international-funding/ esrc-dfid


science research to the understanding of society today. The event is the first in a series to mark the anniversary year, which will include competitions for students and researchers and the annual Festival of Social Science in November: www.esrc. n

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