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SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019,03 Editorial. Richard Bartholomew,04 Towards closer disciplinary integration of. international social research beyond Brexit,Linda Hantrais LSE and Loughborough University. 19 Doing research in care homes the experiences,of researchers and participants. Jenni Brooks Sheffield Hallam University Kate Gridley and. Gillian Parker University of York, 28 Consulting the oracle using the Delphi method in.
research with undocumented migrant children,Andy Jolly University of Wolverhampton. RESEARCH NOTE, 41 How often should we collect data for longitudinal studies. Joel Williams Kantar,SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019. Richard Bartholomew, Among the many uncertainties surrounding Brexit is the question of how international collaborative. research in the social sciences will prosper in the new environment In a timely article Towards closer. disciplinary integration of international social research beyond Brexit Linda Hantrais examines. what can be learnt about the success factors for cross national and cross disciplinary research from. over 20 years of participation by UK social scientists in EU sponsored research programmes She points. out that many of the skills and conditions essential for international collaborative research are also those. required for working between different disciplines and research cultures Professor Hantrais provides a. valuable checklist of the factors which have been crucial for the success of multi disciplinary research. collaborations, The UK Prime Minister s Challenge on Dementia 2020 published in 2015 argued for more research.
being conducted in and disseminated through care homes But research involving people with. dementia poses many challenges In a previous article in Issue 3 in 2017 Removing the gag involving. people with dementia in research as advisors and participants Jenni Brooks et al explored how people. with dementia can be actively involved in research both as participants and advisers In this issue Jenni. and her colleagues discuss the lessons they have learnt about the institutional context for conducting. research in care homes Doing research in care homes the experiences of researchers and. participants They highlight the importance of developing at a very early stage a reciprocal relationship. with each care home and building the research process into the home s regular activities. In policy circles there is invariably much pressure on analysts and researchers to try to quantify the extent. of issues or the size of population groups of concern even when the available data is very sparse This. can especially be the case for local estimates In such circumstances should researchers simply refuse to. make estimates or should they instead use systematic approaches to at least provide plausible ball park. figures whilst making clear the uncertainties surrounding the numbers Views will differ on this The Delphi. method using a systematic and iterative process with a panel of informed experts offers one possible. approach for trying to quantify the otherwise unquantifiable In Consulting the oracle using the Delphi. method in research with undocumented migrant children Andrew Jolly dicusses how this method. was used to provide a more refined local estimate of the numbers of undocumented migrant children in. Birmingham, Longitudinal cohort studies are a powerful tool for understanding social change at the level of the. individual but suffer problems of attrition over time particularly if there are long gaps between each. sweep of the survey On the other hand very frequent sweeps of the same individuals are expensive. and can exhaust the patience of respondents In his research note How often should we collect data. for longitudinal studies Joel Williams describes a natural experiment using the British Household. Panel Study Understanding Society to estimate how rates of attrition are affected by the length of interval. between survey sweeps, We welcome proposals for new articles or shorter research notes Our next issue will be published. in January 2020 If you are interested in offering a research note or a full article please check the. submission details,SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019. Towards closer disciplinary,integration of international. social research beyond Brexit,Linda Hantrais LSE and Loughborough University.
Compared to researchers in other disciplines and to social scientists in other member states UK social. researchers have benefited to a greater extent from European Union EU funding and from opportunities to. play lead roles in developing and coordinating international collaborations and research networks Whatever. the outcome of the Brexit withdrawal negotiations the expectation is that the future achievements of UK. social scientists in the international arena will depend not only on their proven capacity to work cross. nationally but also on their ability to collaborate effectively with researchers in other disciplines They will. need to adopt an integrated approach to the design and delivery of high quality high value research across. disciplines and sectors Drawing on examples of successful multi disciplinary research collaborations this. paper shows how research that bridges different disciplines creates similar challenges to those faced in. projects across national and cultural boundaries requiring many of the same strategies to overcome them. Acknowledgements, The author wishes to acknowledge the support and advice received from Julia Brannen and Dave. Filipovi Carter in drafting this article They both collaborated in the production of the online Restore. Databank of international social research methods cited below. Introduction, Evidence assembled in a study carried out when the UK public voted by a narrow majority in the 2016. referendum to leave the EU suggested that UK social scientists had benefited more from the EU funding. and capacity building opportunities provided by EU framework programmes than UK researchers in other. disciplines and social scientists in other EU member states Hantrais and Thomas Lenihan 2016. This article reviews the contribution of UK social scientists to EU research programmes from the mid. 1990s when they were assigned a role as the junior partner in collaborations with the natural sciences. into the 2000s when they took full advantage of having their own socio economic funding stream see. Appendix 1 for information about EU funding programmes The Horizon 2020 2013 20 and Horizon. Europe 2021 27 programmes increasingly emphasised the importance of adopting an integrated. approach to research as well as the need to demonstrate economic social and cultural impact This. shift in focus came at the same time as the UK government was also promoting an integrated approach. to projects within the framework of UK Research and Innovation UKRI HM Government 2016b. SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019, According to Jo Johnson 2017 the Minister of State for Universities and Science in the Cameron. government UKRI was designed to focus on cross cutting issues that are outside the core remits of the. current funding bodies such as multi and inter disciplinary research enabling UK Higher Education to. respond rapidly and effectively to current and future challenges When UKRI incorporated the UK s six. research councils in 2018 a stated aim was to increase integrative cross disciplinary research UKRI. 2018 reflecting the European Commission s strategic goal for the sciences. This article examines the implications of closer disciplinary research integration for UK social sciences. Drawing on good practice examples of collaborations across countries disciplines and sectors at. both national and international levels similarities are identified in the skills and expertise acquired from. coordinating and participating in international collaborative research Suggestions are made for honing. these approaches to assist social researchers who work across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries in. overcoming the additional challenges they face when bringing about the integration of different types of. methods and data in a post Brexit environment,UK participation in EU research programmes. Between 2007 and 2018 UK researchers across the disciplines were reportedly drawing more funding. from the EU budget than they were contributing Royal Society 2015 p 12 European Commission. 2019 Analysis of data for the EU s Horizon 2020 programme FP8 in 2018 showed that in relation. to other EU member states higher education HE institutions in the UK accounted for a significant. proportion both of EU28 participants across the sector and of total funding distributed As shown in. Table 1 researchers in UK HE recorded almost a fifth of EU28 participations and of funding awarded. for individual excellence across all disciplines due to their relatively large share of European Research. Council ERC grants and Marie Sk odowska Curie actions MSCA Analysis of the award holders hosted. by UK universities in the ten years of operation of the ERC demonstrated that the UK had become a. particularly attractive location in which to conduct internationally recognised excellent research ERC. 2018 Compared to ERC and MSCA awards however the UK recorded a relatively small share of. participants and funding under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges SCs the flagged thematic pillar. identified for targeted social science and humanities SSH participation. Table 1 Horizon 2020 UK participation and funding in 2018 as across EU28. Type Participants Ranking Funding Ranking,Higher education HE 24 5 1 27 4 1.
Research organisations 3 6 7 3 9 7,Public bodies 11 9 1 19 9 1. Private for profit entities 10 4 5 10 3 5,Excellent Science 18 4 19 4. European Research Council ERC 20 4 1 20 5 1,Marie Sk odowska Curie Actions MSCA 20 1 1 19 9 1. Societal Challenges SCs 9 9 3 12 4,Industrial Leadership LEIT 8 9 7 9 7. Sources author s compilation based on data from HM Government BEIS 2018 tables 1 2 1 3 and. European Commission 2018a,SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019.
The UK scientific community used evidence about the benefits of EU collaborations across countries. and disciplines to make a powerful case for continuing support from the UK Government even in the. event of a no deal Brexit scenario and of the UK becoming a third country House of Lords 2016 The. Government responded by issuing an underwrite guarantee for projects that were successful in securing. funding from EU programmes through to the end of 2020 HM Government 2016a and by committing. to maintain as strong a European science and innovation partnership as possible HM Government. 2017 However a technical notice acknowledged that the guarantee would not cover ERC grants or. MSCAs since these programmes were not open to third country participation. It has been argued that associated neighbouring or pre accession status which entitles countries. including Iceland Israel Norway Serbia and Switzerland to receive grants under the various EU. programmes would give UK researchers the best chance of retaining funding and leadership. opportunities from outside the EU House of Lords 2016 pp 64 6 House of Lords 2019 pp 28 33. Admittedly associated country status would not afford the UK all the advantages of being a full EU. member state Associated countries pay into the framework programmes and may attempt to influence. the shape and substance of programmes during the consultative phase but they have no formal role in. deciding i e voting on content or direction,UK social science participation in EU programmes. The vote to leave the European Union after more than 40 years of membership during which UK. social scientists had made a substantial contribution to EU social research and policy came when. the proportion of EU funding for UK social sciences had been increasing whereas UK government. and research council funding had been declining Unlike the life sciences the social sciences received. relatively little funding support from charities to compensate for their limited share of government funding. Hantrais and Thomas Lenihan 2016 The available trend data demonstrated that the volume of EU. funding received by UK social scientists began rising in the 1990s with the introduction of a dedicated. funding stream for Targeted Socio Economic Research TSER under FP4 1994 98 FP5 to FP7 1998. 2013 enabled UK social scientists to consolidate their international collaborative research under their own. funding stream, Opportunities were also provided in FP4 for social scientists to be involved in coordination activities. They could contribute to the analysis of the economic and social implications of projects conducted by. researchers in the natural sciences in targeted areas such as sustainable development food production. and transport which continued to be thematic topics in Horizon 2020 see Appendix 2 for information. about relevant thematic content in EU programmes and instruments However the entrenched divide. between the natural and social sciences prevented them from taking advantage of the opportunities. afforded by the programme, The relatively poor performance of the UK in the pillar devoted to Societal Challenges in Horizon 2020. reflected the continuing difficulty of integrating the social sciences across the EU Of the 260 projects. funded under SSH flagged topics in 2014 only 72 28 were coordinated by SSH partners Hetel et al. SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE ISSUE 8 AUTUMN 2019 3 Editorial Richard Bartholomew Editor Among the many uncertainties surrounding Brexit is the question of how international collaborative research in the social sciences will prosper in the new environment In a timely article Towards closer

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