Social sciences

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In partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council and with the support of University College London, POST established a dedicated Social Science Section in September 2013 to provide parliamentarians with more access to social science research evidence. The new section has two broad roles:

  • Integrate social science research evidence within all POST activity, and develop a dedicated strand of social science work within POST.
  • Run a programme of activity to evaluate the use of research evidence within parliamentary debate and scrutiny, including the impact of POST. Please see the evaluation page for further details.


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.

  • Jane Tinkler

    Jane has been a social science researcher for nearly ten years working on applied projects with government, civil society and academic partners. Prior to joining POST, she was based in the Public Policy Group at the London School of Economics where most recently she worked on the impact of academic research in the social sciences.