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London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership awarded multi-million-pound ESRC funding

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced new funding for the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) – of which Queen Mary University of London is a key partner.

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LISS DTP is led by King’s College London in partnership with Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London. The programme will train the next generation of research leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who will transform the way social scientists tackle complex problems and global challenges.

The new multi-million-pound award, led by Professor Pietro Panzarasa, builds on previous funding awarded to the initiative and will support five cohorts of talented PhD students across the three partner institutions. In total this flagship doctoral research and training programme will equip more than 600 LISS-funded research leaders and innovators with a strong capacity for working across disciplines and sectors and leveraging data to translate social science research into impact.

Pietro Panzarasa, Professor of Networks and Innovation at Queen Mary University of London, said: “We are delighted with this outcome and thank the ESRC for their endorsement of our programme.

“We now look forward to working with our vibrant and global networks of academic and non-academic partners to develop what will become a flagship Doctoral Training Partnership in the UK and beyond, training the next generation of research leaders to innovate with data and lead complex projects across disciplines, institutions, and sectors.”

Professor Michael Sanders, The Policy Institute, King’s College London, said: “The announcement of funding for the continuation of LISS DTP into its second iteration makes for an exciting period of doctoral research in the social sciences across the three partner institutions, focused on impact and interdisciplinarity. We must now work hard to ensure that we live up to our vision of being the most diverse social sciences DTP in the country.”

The Programme will be based on Queen Mary, King’s, and Imperial’s research strengths. It will be structured around six major research areas:

  • Global Health Innovation
  • Business Analytics, Management, and Applied Economics
  • Language, Culture, and Education
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Global Order and Security
  • Public Policy and Governance

The collaborative arrangements of the Programme will help the students involved to develop a global outlook on impact and employability, strengthen their leadership and transferrable skills, and gain invaluable cross-sectoral experience. Students will be encouraged to explore various routes to research impact including collaboration and stakeholder engagement, enterprise, and taking ideas to market through business planning and scalability.

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