Impact and Engagement

‌The Research Centre for Social Sciences is the home of an ESRC Impact Acceleration AccountResearch in the Social Sciences at York makes a difference to the lives of people in the UK and across the world. Our research informs policy, shapes debates, and makes an important contribution to our economy and society. You can read about some of the ways in which we make a difference here.


Case studies

N8 Policing Research Partnership

‌This exciting five-year programme of research and knowledge exchange will pioneer an innovative collaboration between police forces and universities in the North of England.

Counting the emotional cost of family break up

Credit: iStock‌Our social policy research is shaping radical changes to the way separating parents sort out financial support for their children.

Education holds the key to rebuilding Somalia

Hargeisa, Somalia: African refugee camp on the outskirts of Hargeisa in Somaliland. With the support of UNICEF it operates a school. Credit: Vlad Galenko/ ‌The key to rebuilding war-torn Somalia is to get children back to the classroom, according to a major report carried out for UNICEF by York researchers.

Gender Gap Britain

‌A robust assessment of the importance of a number of determinants of the gaps in earnings between the four groups of employees who make up the British workforce.

Jobcentre Plus interviewers in the spotlight

‌Anyone claiming out-of-work benefits in the UK will, at some point, find themselves attending an interview with a personal adviser in a Jobcentre Plus office. How well that conversation goes is vital.

Florence Nightingale's vision

(c)‌High-level policy makers in the National Health Service are increasingly turning to our health economic researchers to provide them with the hard evidence on which to base tough spending decisions.

Inequality Health Indicators

‌Researchers have developed a set of indicators which could help reduce preventable A&E admissions arising from social inequality – as figures reveal there were almost 38,000 deaths in England in one year from treatable conditions.

York Accord

Credit: Ian Martindale‌Our researchers are working with the Brookings Doha Center in an international drive to understand and protect the needs of higher education institutions caught in the crossfire of armed conflict.