People are at the core of Oxford’s Social Sciences research.
Public Engagement with Research (PER) describes the huge variety of ways by which researchers can share their work with the public, bringing mutual benefit to both sides.
‘Public engagement is a mind-set that acknowledges that the public have a genuine stake in the work of universities – and wisdom and sensitivities that must be listened to and acknowledged.’ (NCCPE)
Public engagement can take many forms: outreach, collaborative research, citizen science, participatory arts, lifelong learning, community engagement, and engagement with NGOs, or other public-focused organisations.
Benefits of doing PER (for researchers) might include learning, developing new skills, gaining new insights or ideas, developing better research, raising aspiration, or being inspired.
The Social Sciences Division’s Research and Impact Team can provide advice, training <link to training site>, funding support and examples <add link to case studies page> of how to design, deliver and evaluate PER projects effectively and maximise the benefits for both the public and for researchers.