Minister welcomes ‘The Business of People’

February 27, 2015

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP welcomed the Campaign for Social Science’s major report, ‘The Business of People’, calling it a ‘very timely and impressive publication’. Speaking at Church House Westminster on 24th February to a room full of key figures in the social science world, he expressed personal surprise that the importance of social science to the work of government should ever be contested, noting that ‘social science is one of the principle assets we have in this country’. He praised the ‘vigour and elegance’ with which The Business of People reinforces the case for social science, which he called ‘a great national strength’, something in which we are excellent and for which there is a buoyant need globally.

Professor Jane Elliott of ESRC, Sharon Witherspoon of Nuffield Foundation and Dr Michelle Harrison of TNS joined the Minister and Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Campaign for a panel discussion, focussing on the many areas in which social science is fundamental to national and international life. Sharon Witherspoon welcomed the ‘positive and robust’ report, and all panellists called loudly for urgent attention to be paid to the future resourcing of social science so that a national asset is not lost.

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Greg Clarke, Michelle Harrison, Jane Elliot

The Panel

Michelle Harrison TNS

Michelle Harrison

Sharon Witherspoon, Nuffield Foundation

Sharon Witherspoon

Jane Elliot CEO ESRC

Jane Elliot

Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Audience at Church House

The audience

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