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Advocacy and knowledge-exchange activities

The Society is currently undertaking a number of other activities relating to advocacy and knowledge-exchange:

Expanding access to research findings

Working group on open access

The Society's Director, Dr Rita Gardner, was a member of an independent group (the 'Finch Group') established by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, then Minister for Universities and Science, to examine how UK-funded research findings can be made more accessible.

House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into open access

On 29 January 2013. Society Director Dr Rita Gardner gave oral evidence (at 11.40.40) to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Open Access.

  • Read the final report from this inquiry (22 February 2013)

Campaign for Social Science (CfSS)

The Society is supporting the Academy for Social Science (AcSS)'s Campaign for Social Science (CfSS).

Quantitative methods (British Academy)

The Society recognises a quantitative skills deficit in the humanities and social sciences. In 2012, the Society joined with other learned societies and organisations to sign a joint-statement (PDF)

This reinforced the
position statement published by the British Academy in October 2012,  Society Counts, which outlined "the problem of a deficit, the need for quantitative methods, as well as the range of initiatives currently underway in order to meet this challenge." 

Geographers in government

A report published by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2 October 2012) revealed that geography is amongst the most common disciplines by way of Government Social Research Service (GSR) members’ backgrounds. More details in our Geography Today briefing.

  • Find out more about the Society's Chartered Geographer accreditation for those with competence, experience and professionalism in the use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills in the workplace. 

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