The ESRC Festival of Social Science is one of the largest co-ordinated endeavours undertaken by an economics and social science community and is indicative of ESRC’s commitment to public engagement.

“This year the Festival will run throughout November and there will be a mixture of digital and face to face events, with a focus on the environment to mark the UK’s hosting of COP26.“The Festival is a valuable way of showing how economic and social research helps us to better understand people, businesses, institutions, communities and wider social phenomena, and informs decisions that can affect millions of lives. We hope the events raise awareness about how research can improve outcomes across society, inspiring some young people to pursue a career in research, and others to draw on research to understand people and the world around us.”

How Can we Drive Social Change In Response to the Climate Emergency?
15th November 2021  |  16.30-17.30  |  Online Delivery

In your words: Dialect, People and Places
17th November 2021  | 18.30 – 20.00  |  Online Delivery

Building a more inclusive city through kindness and compassion – a multi-stakeholder dialogue
18th November 2021  |  15.00 – 17.00  |  Attend event in person

In your words: Dialect Roadshow
20th November 2021 |  13.00 – 16.00  |  Participatory interactive event Exhibition

Celebrity Activism: Marcus Rashford to Jack Monroe – Using Fame to Create Social Change
22nd November 2021 | 16.30 – 17.30  |  Virtual online delivery

Young People Creating Change: ‘93% Club’ and ‘Diversity in Development’
25th November 2021  |  16.30 – 17.30  |  Virtual online delivery

Land Laws and Climate Change: An Accelerated Grab for Indigenous Land in the 21st Century
29th November 2021  |  16.30 – 17.30  |  Participatory interactive event

Pride in the Field: Tools for Promoting LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Fieldwork
30th November 2021  | 14.00 – 15.30 (1 hour, 30 minutes)  |  Virtual online delivery

The above events are open to the public to participate in, the University of Leeds is also running several closed events as part of the ESCR Festival of Social Science 2021.

Additional Events Being Run By The University Of Leeds

In partnership with the climate charity Hope for the Future (HFTF), Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) will run an event tailored for young people to harness their campaign skills, by exploring channels, methods and actions for effective campaigning on climate change. This event will target young people from the Wickersley Partnership Trust, an academy of schools across South Yorkshire.

Wickersley Partnership Trust is taking part in a 12 month collaboration with HFTF to empower student eco-councillors, spread across the Trust’s five secondary schools, to commit to and engage with their elected representatives on climate change. Over the course of the project, they will create a campaign, develop action plans and engage with their local council and MP on a pertinent local issue related to the environmental crisis.

This event will bring the eco-councillors from the five schools together for the first time. It will be structured around interactive activities to encourage young people to consider how democratic engagement can help to affect climate change and influence positive change on their chosen campaign issue. By the end of the event, participants will have gained a better understanding of effective political campaigning on climate change, as well as exchanged ideas with young people from other schools potentially leading to wider action beyond each specific school.

If you would like to know more about this, please contact Cristina on:

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI

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The ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective.