ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021 winner announced
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ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021 winner announced

ESRC’s annual Celebrating Impact Prize awards celebrate the researcher’s work who created an outstanding difference to the Society and the Economy. ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021 winner announced recently. This prestigious award now reaches its ninth year.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021 winner announced

About the award

This award recognizes and rewards the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded researchers who have achieved impact through:

  • exceptional research
  • knowledge exchange activities
  • collaborative partnerships
  • engagement with different communities.

The ESRC encourages and supports social scientists to maximize the impact of their work to ensure that independent, high-quality research informs decisions across a wide range of policy areas and helps make a difference to people’s lives in the UK and around the world.

In the current year 2021, the panel also chose to award an additional Panel’s Choice award to recognize a finalist whose work shows great promise and is expected to reach its full impact in the future.

ESRC’s interim Executive Chair, Professor Alison Park, said:

“Our competition recognizes the UK’s world-leading economists and social scientists and highlights how their work makes a difference to people and organizations within the UK and across the world.

The winners of this year’s awards provide excellent examples of how the social sciences are proving vital in helping communities and businesses navigate key national and global challenges, including recovery from the pandemic.

It is also encouraging to see so many research teams feature, celebrating the vital role of collaboration and team-working within research.”

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Prize money

Each winner was awarded a prize of £10,000 to promote the difference their work has made to people and organizations in the UK and in other countries.

Winners of the ESRC 2021 Celebrating Impact Prize

Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact

Winner

Team application: Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME)
Lead applicant: Professor Monder Ram, Aston University

Entrepreneurial responses to the pandemic: supporting microbusinesses and promoting inclusion

Outstanding International Impact

Panel’s Choice

Team application: Refugee Studies Centre
Lead applicant: Professor Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

Refugee-led social protection during COVID-19

Finalist

Team application: COVID-19 Emergency Parenting Response Team
Lead applicant: Professor Lucie Cluver, University of Oxford

Outstanding Public Policy Impact

Winner

Team application
Lead applicant: Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Cardiff University

Changing the law to promote person-centred decision-making for ‘coma’ patients

Finalists

Team application: Decision Maker Panel
Lead applicant: Professor Paul Mizen, University of Nottingham

Team application: Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at COMPAS
Lead applicant: Dr Sarah Spencer, University of Oxford

Outstanding Societal Impact

Winner

Team application: Improbable Dialogues
Lead applicant: Dr Simon Rushton, University of Sheffield

Improving lives affected by violence in ‘post conflict’ Colombia through the participatory development of a local Strategy for Peace in Buenaventura

Outstanding Early Career Impact

Winner

Dr Rebecca Windemer, University of the West of England, previously Cardiff University

Influencing policy and debate on end-of-life considerations for onshore renewables

Finalist

Dr Emily Marchant, Swansea University

Panel’s Choice

This was awarded by the panel in recognition of a finalist whose work shows great promise and is expected to reach its full impact in future.

Winners

Team application: COVID-19 Emergency Parenting Response Team
Lead applicant: Professor Lucie Cluver, University of Oxford

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