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ESRC Announces Finalists for Celebrating Impact Prize

April 30, 2019 1362

Ranging from jurisprudence to autism, the loss of a baby to the growth of equality in science education, the work of the finalists in the seventh annual Celebrating Impact Prize competition —announced today
— represent a broad cross-section of meaningful work from Britain’s social and behavioral researchers.

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The Economic and Social Research Council’s Celebrating Impact Prize rewards ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved impact through outstanding research, knowledge exchange activities, collaborative partnerships and engagement with different communities. The ESRC, a public body, is the United Kingdom’s largest funder of research on social and economic questions.

Winners in the four award categories – Outstanding Public Policy Impact, Outstanding Societal Impact, Outstanding International Impact and Outstanding Early Career Impact – will be revealed in a ceremony at the Royal Society on July 9. (SAGE Publishing, the parent of Social Science Space, cosponsors the Early Career award.)

All finalists will see a professionally made film created around their work and its impact, while each winner receives £10,000 to spend on their work or furthering that work’s impact.

Finalists, and their research focus, are:

Louise Archer, Julie Moote, Emily Macleod, Jennifer DeWitt and Becky Francis (University College London) | Improving equity in science participation: impact of the ASPIRES and ASPIRES2 research

Nic Cheeseman, Susan Dodsworth (University of Birmingham), Justin Willis (University of Durham) and Gabrielle Lynch (University of Warwick) | Strengthening elections and accountability in new democracies

Chloe Holloway (University of Nottingham) | Improving the support of autistic individuals detained in police custody

Steve Martin, Dan Bristow and James Downe (Cardiff University; Wales Centre for Public Policy) | Enabling ministers to access and apply evidence that improves policy decisions and delivery

Susan McVie and Lesley McAra (University of Edinburgh) | Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime: increasing the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland

Shona Minson (University of Oxford) | Delivering guidance on the sentencing of mothers: safeguarding children’s rights and wellbeing

Kate Reed, Elspeth Whitby (University of Sheffield) and Julie Ellis (University of Huddersfield) | Challenging taboos and changing practice: the case of baby-loss and post-mortem

Entrants’ applications were reviewed by academics, engagement and knowledge exchange experts and research users, and shortlisted applicants were invited to an interview, along with non-academic supporters who helped describe the impact of the work.


The Economic and Social Research council, or ESRC, is the UK's largest organization for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. The ESRC is a non-departmental public body established by Royal Charter in 1965 and receive most of its funding through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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