British Academy SHAPE Observatory

Bringing independence, authority and objectivity, the SHAPE Observatory monitors the health and development of the humanities and social sciences at system-wide and discipline-specific levels.

About the Observatory

The resources we provide through the SHAPE Observatory range from subject "deep-dives" and mapping reports to general briefings on the state of SHAPE in the UK. By providing insight into emerging trends, the Observatory equips policymakers, the UK’s disciplinary communities and an interested public with a stronger understanding of the shifts, opportunities and challenges that SHAPE disciplines are facing – including the implications these have for wider society. The Observatory sits within the Academy’s wider policy programme. For any questions, please contact policy@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

SHAPE key facts and figures

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