Festival of Social Sciences comes back to the city

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Sheffield will this week play its part in a nationwide festival examining the ideas that shape our everyday lives.

Everything from celebrities and disability to migrants and class will be up for discussion during the Festival of Social Science, which started at the weekend and will run until Saturday.

Attendees will discover how social science research influences everything including our health and wellbeing, the economy, and the cities which we live in. The event, hosted by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, aims to provide an insight into the city’s world-class social science research through a host of intriguing public lectures, debates, film screenings and exhibitions.

The free Sheffield events are part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual festival, now in its 14th year, which celebrates social science and the impact that the latest research findings have on all the big issues we face in our day-to-day lives.

Professor Gill Valentine, pro-vice-chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Sheffield, said: “The Faculty of Social Sciences is home to some of the world’s leading social scientists.

“Our researchers are working across disciplines and countries – with policy makers, businesses and communities, to make a difference to the world in which we live.

“Attendees can come along and find out more about how innovative social science is helping to solve the problems we face as individuals and societies through an exciting, varied programme of events.”

Visit www.festivalofsocialscience.group.shef.ac.uk for a full programme listing and to book your free tickets to any of the events.