Social sciences

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In 2013, in partnership with University College London (UCL) and with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for three years, POST established a dedicated Social Science Section. The aim of this was to provide parliamentarians with more access to social science research evidence and to run a study on the use of research evidence within Parliament.

POST has been awarded a further three years funding from ESRC to continue the existing partnership with UCL until 2019. The aims of this phase are to: continue to embed the social sciences across POST’s work programme; maintain a social science stream of work, including support to Select Committees; and to use the findings from the research study to inform POST’s activities. The Social Science Section will also focus on capacity building opportunities around the use of research and facilitating academic engagement.


Evidence on Selective Education

This POSTbrief will provide an overview of the academic evidence on access to and the short, medium and long-term outcomes of selective secondary education in the UK.

Creating age-friendly cities

This POSTnote will first look at the housing needs of older people and how wider community planning can take into account this increasing demographic.

Comparing economic and behavioural interventions

This POSTnote will look at the use of behavioural interventions in government.

Meet the advisers

  • Abbi Hobbs

    Abbi has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of York. Prior to joining POST, she worked for the Academy of Medical Sciences, and as an independent consultant on several social science research projects in science policy and health.

  • Caroline Kenny

    Caroline has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining POST, she worked at the Institute of Education, University of London studying the use of research in policy and practice and has supported policy-makers and practitioners from across the UK and Europe to use research in their decision making.