23 Mar 2016

ESRC IAA Funding for Impact and Knowledge Exchange

The University of York has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA). This will support a four-year programme of activities between the University and external partners.

The Account provides funding for academics to create and build partnerships with organisations and businesses and in doing so seeks to broaden the impact of social science research, benefiting both society and the economy. Academics will work with a range of groups building mutually beneficial relationships and informing policy through developing practical applications for research, facilitating knowledge exchange through discussion panels, conferences and secondments and sharing data.

Some money has been distributed already and projects have included a collaboration between the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and the local youth offending team to provide a research and evidence base for remodelling the young offender work scheme.  The Centre of Applied Human Rights, on the other hand, has joined forces with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, North Yorkshire Police and the City of York Council to create the York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN), which seeks to bridge the gap between international obligations and the everyday claiming of rights at a local level.

For more information about the Account visit the Social Sciences website