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About the Institute for Social Science

About the Institute for Social Science

Learn about our research focus and how we work.

Our focus

The Institute for Social Science seeks to increase the visibility of social science research both within and beyond the University, celebrating research with local, national and international reach. 

We're interested in large scale inter-disciplinary projects as well as the lone researcher – and everything between. We actively promote an inclusive research culture which supports social scientists at all stages of their career.  

The way we work is aimed at developing a sense of community for our social scientists at Newcastle University who not only work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, but in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. The Institute doesn’t write big funding bids or host funded projects – we support and connect researchers to have the connections to make these happen. 

We work with our community of researchers to develop our themes, communicating with our researchers to encourage, facilitate and highlight Newcastle’s strengths in social science. 

We support staff to collaborate internally and develop partnerships with organisations outside the University: we are keen to support and develop co-produced approaches to research with these organisations. 

We support social science at Newcastle University through many types of activities: 

  • getting people together through events and strategic workshops around particular themes – this includes our monthly TALKSocSci initiative 
  • providing financial support for researchers - we do this is through specific funding calls as well as providing other financial support – you can contact us at any time to discuss your ideas and needs 
  • connecting with you through our communication channels – this includes our regular newsletter, Twitter and blog – we are happy to promote and share your research stories, news and events – you can contact us at any time to discuss how we can help 


If you would like our support, contact the Institute Director Liz Todd or Institute Officer Alex Robson. 

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