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WRDTC Doctoral Researcher reaches ESRC writing competition shortlist

March 3, 2017

Following a deluge of entries to this year’s ESRC writing competition, ‘Making Sense of Society’, 12 students have been shortlisted as finalists.

Making Sense of Society was launched, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, in October 2016. ESRC students were invited to tell us in 800 words about how their research is helping making sense of society, and why it matters.

The awards event takes place in the Wolfson Library at the Royal Society, London, on 21 March 2017. The finalists are:

  • Marginal money, mainstream economy – Max Gallien, London School of Economics
  • Better healthcare with deep data – Alison Harper, University of Exeter
  • Child labour: making childhood work – Sophie Hedges, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • What future while living in limbo? – Vanessa Hughes, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Biotechnology and the world of tomorrow – Elo Luik, University of Oxford
  • Ensuring a sweeter future – Siobhan Maderson, Aberystwyth University
  • Understanding the forgotten decade – David Pollard, University of Birmingham
  • Schools, funding and donor power – Ruth Puttick, Newcastle University
  • Fostering inclusion in the face of division – Caoimhe Ryan, University of St Andrews
  • Listen to the local – Ruben Schneider, University of Aberdeen
  • Once more, with feeling: life as bilingual – Wilhelmiina Toivo, University of Glasgow
  • Living and looking for lavatories – Lauren White, University of Sheffield

The shortlisted writers impressed the judges by communicating their research in an engaging, original, powerful and thought-provoking way. All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a SAGE master class on ‘how to get published’ and their articles will be published in print and online.

In addition, the winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize and the runners-up will receive £500 each.

For Making Sense of Society updates, follow #esrcwriting on Twitter, and check our news section.