Call for proposals 2018

This year, the ESRC Festival of Social Science will run from the 3–10 November.

The call for 2018 proposals is now closed. A big congratulations to our successful applicants who are listed below:

  • Charlie Mansfield – Way tales: Ethnographies of emotion in Guided Walks
  • Clare Pettinger – Co-Creative Curation of the Sunflower Book of Hope
  • Elena Novakova – Privacy, surveillance and digital technology, does it or doesn’t it matter to young people?
  • Jason Lowther – Protecting Heritage – Looting Military Remains
  • Margaret Prior – Rediscovering the employment relationship: the Donovan Report 50 years on
  • Marta Hawkins – Alternative solutions: Social values and entrepreneurship
  • Richard Yarwood – Living with Dementia: Rural Issues and Solutions
  • Rob Giles – How do you fix a town like Plymouth?

More details about each event will be provided on the University's What's on pages.

The Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. Events, which are aimed primarily at academic audiences, are not eligible to be part of the festival.

Event holders will have the chance to develop their event organisational skills and take part in this prestigious annual event. Events are promoted on the ESRC website and will carry the ESRC festival logo. Last year’s festival was very successful view the excellent outputs from the event.

Applications are now closed.  

Applicants were requested to download the application guidance and complete the application form. All events must involve a researcher from the social sciences. If you are not a member of staff at the University of Plymouth and are interested in applying in the future, please contact 

You can also use this email for any questions about the festival, kindly use the subject heading 'ESRC Festival 2018' when corresponding. We look forward to hearing from you.