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Discussion: Promoting a Culture of Research Impact

May 2, 2024 764

This discussion on the importance of research impact with Tamika Heiden and Melinda Mills aims to demystify the various pathways through which academic research – with a focus on social science – can influence and contribute to society, whether through public and stakeholder engagement or evidence-based policymaking. The event will be held in-person only at Sage’s London office; there will be no online access.

Research impact extends far beyond traditional academic metrics. We’ll delve into public engagement, showcasing how research can directly affect public knowledge, awareness, and even behavior.

Policy influence is another critical area we’ll explore. Learn how social science research influences policymaking, contributing to more informed and effective policies that address societal needs.

Lastly, we’ll touch on economic and social benefits, highlighting research with the potential to drive innovation, inform social interventions, and contribute to economic growth.

Whether you’re a seasoned researcher, student, in a research office role, or simply interested in the current discussions around research impact, this event promises engaging discussions, practical advice, and a chance to network with like-minded individuals. Stick around for pizza, drinks and the opportunity to connect with people from across media, academia, policy, publishing, and tech.

Speakers

Dr Tamika Heiden is the principal of the Research Impact Academy. Her national and international work brings together researchers and research users to share, create and translate knowledge for the betterment of society. Heiden won an award for Excellence in Knowledge Translation from the SickKids Learning Institute in Toronto in 2018 and the Award for Innovation from the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization

Melinda Mills (MBE, FBA) is a professor of demography and population health and director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford and Nuffield College. Mills led The SHAPE of research impact study examining research impact across the social sciences and humanities in the UK. She is currently a special advisor to the European Commissioner of the Economy and has served on the non-executive Supervisory Board of the Dutch Science Council and the Executive Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council, UKRI.

Sage, the parent of Social Science Space, is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access, and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, 24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, we are controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining our independence and mission indefinitely. 

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