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The British Academy Debates - Introduction

The Debates show humanities and social sciences ‘at work’ – helping us understand the nature of the challenges we face as societies, as economies and as individuals. They demonstrate how new insights from research can challenge and question existing assumptions, illuminate dilemmas, help us make the complex intelligible, explore possible new directions, choices and possibilities – and so push forward political and public debate. 

For our opening series of Debates, the Academy chose to look at the challenges and the opportunities that an ageing population is creating for us, both as individuals and also in wider social, cultural and economic terms. The second series of debates examined immigration, while the third looked at Well-being.

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