Category: Impact

Should a TV drama influence public policy?

ITV’s primetime drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office hastened legislation to compensate sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon scandal, overturning the judicial process after years of legal wrangling. Joseph Owen asks whether it is desirable for n…

Should a TV drama influence public policy?

ITV’s primetime drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office hastened legislation to compensate sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon scandal, overturning the judicial process after years of legal wrangling. Joseph Owen asks whether it is desirable for n…

Can we better understand and measure the humanities contributions to Sustainable Development Goals?

The humanities can make a significant contribution to both the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to the design of Australia’s new national assessment model. Kylie Message argues that to do so requires a generous approach toward as…

Could translational research be a model for long-term impact in the social sciences and humanities?

Drawing on the findings of a workshop on making translational research design principles the norm for European research, Gabi Lombardo, Jonathan Deer, Anne-Charlotte Fauvel, Vicky Gardner and Lan Murdock discuss the characteristics of translational res…

2023 in review: Rethinking research impact

Research Impact is the ‘raison d’etre’ of the LSE Impact Blog. This review brings together a selection of posts exploring different aspects of impactful research featured on the LSE Impact Blog over the past year. Want to find even mo…

Responsible social science – Why business research should focus beyond the scale of the firm

Responsible research strives for useful, credible knowledge relevant to addressing societal and planetary challenges. But what does this mean? Can researchers identify questions that are, at the same time, of relevance for society and publishable in th…

By understanding the ends of research can universities regain their relevance?

In his famous report Vannevar Bush famously described science and research as an endless frontier. However, as Seth Rudy and Rachael Scarborough King argue, being more attentive to where and how research ends might enable universities to construct envi…

Can McDonalds tell us anything about the value of the social sciences?

Taking a sideways look at George Ritzer’s famous McDonaldization thesis, Titus Alexander argues that rather than being an iron cage, social scientists have much to gain from treating such institutions as real time experiments and social models. In his …

Why we need an imperfect impact agenda

Universities are required to tell stories about the impact of their work on the wider world and these tales have a perfection that often elides the imperfect muddling through inherent to much collaborative work. Tadhg Caffrey argues a new emphasis on ‘…