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British Academy and Academy of Social Sciences join forces to reveal the impact of the arts, humanities, and social sciences across the UK
A major new collaborative project led by the British Academy in association with the Academy of Social Sciences will delve into the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF) case study dataset to reveal new insights about the contribution of the arts, humanities and social sciences to the wellbeing of society, culture …
New research explores solutions for building resilient communities and tackling geographic inequalities
The British Academy and Power to Change, together with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy and the Institute for Community Studies, have today published research from a collaborative programme - chaired by Dame Julia Unwin - exploring how social infrastructure contributes to communities’ wellbeing, helps develop their resilience and tackles …
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Dr Alex Mankoo, Senior Policy Adviser at the British Academy
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British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding
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The COVID Decade
In November 2021, the British Academy, in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences, convened a roundtable on geographic and historic patterns of health inequalities in the UK. The roundtable followed a request from the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) in June 2021 to explore the geographic factors associated with historically poorer public health outcomes over the last 200 years.
The British Academy was asked by the Government Office for Science to produce an independent review on the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19. This report outlines the evidence across a range of areas, building upon a series of expert reviews, engagement, synthesis and analysis across the SHAPE research community. It shows that COVID-19 has generated a series of social, economic and cultural effects which will have long-term impacts.
The British Academy has undertaken the substantial task of beginning to answer the longer-term question about what the societal impacts of COVID-19 will be and how we address them. This report sets out an interrelated set of nine areas of long-term impact, seven strategic policy goals and five key principles of a facilitative policy environment for 2030. We aim here to provide decision-makers with a sense of how to start to respond to these longer-term impacts based on the current evidence, and how to shape the COVID decade.
Global Challenges Research Fund policy briefings
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund that supports researchers seeking to address challenges faced by developing countries and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). The GCRF addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The British Academy runs programmes through the GCRF that are challenge-led and interdisciplinary.
British Academy SHAPE Observatory
Bringing independence, authority and objectivity, the SHAPE Observatory monitors the health and development of the humanities and social sciences