ESRC Festival of Social Science scoping study

We undertook a small study of the Festival of Social Science from 2006 to 2011 to review its successes and the benefits over time. As well as to develop learning points for future events.

The project was led by Dr Clare Wilkinson, with Fiona Quick providing research assistance.


The project included:

  • a review of the Festival annual evaluation reports and media coverage data (2006-2010)
  • a questionnaire survey of attendees and organisers (2008-2010); and
  • further interviews with 14 organisers and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival staff.


In 2012 a report was published based on this work.

Initial findings from the project were presented at the 12th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference in Florence, Italy in April 2012.

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