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Grounded in research
Guided by practice

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Social Science Connected helps researchers reach audiences beyond the academy. We work with social scientists, scholars in related fields and their professional services colleagues to help them communicate their ideas in ways that increase engagement and impact without losing sight of the underpinning research. 

Although our collaborations are all a little different, we would typically work with individual research projects, centres or networks to help them connect to policymakers, the media and related practitioners. While our training is often arranged with researcher development teams at faculty or institution level, we have provided training to organisations of all sizes. 

We are happy to discuss one off projects or longer-term partnerships and can work equally well with researchers from quantitative and qualitative backgrounds, as well as diverse methodological and disciplinary affiliations. We have also worked with colleagues outside the social sciences and are very happy to do so again. 

We also have extensive experience working with both smaller centres as well as larger, multi-institutional and interdisciplinary networks. 

Nick Bibby FRSA FAcSS

Nick leads all of SSC's work and is a recognised leader in the field of communicating academic research. Most recently, he led the Scottish Policy & Research Exchange, which works with most of Scotland's universities, the Scottish Government and other policy institutions to help connect academic knowledge to public policy. Prior to that he worked at the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science and the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change, maximising the impact of their research in the media and among policymakers. 

He has been invited to give talks about mobilising academic knowledge and communicating research at universities across Scotland and England, including St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Durham, Aberdeen, Glasgow Caledonian, Newcastle, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Robert Gordon and the University of the Highlands and Islands.


He is a trustee of Migration Policy Scotland, a director of ScotCHEM Ltd, and a former member of the board of the Campaign for Social Science. In 2023, his leadership in the field of knowledge mobilisation was recognised when he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  

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