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Dr Nick Dickinson named new Social Science Innovation Fellow

Dr Nick Dickinson

Dr Nick Dickinson, Bingham Fellow in Constitutional Studies at DPIR, has been made a new Social Science Innovation Fellow.

Dr Dickinson is one of a new cohort of Fellows spanning five departments across the Social Sciences Division who will help support an academic-led culture change in innovation across the social sciences.

The Fellows will make it easier for researchers to engage in innovation, and help make it a more valued part of research. They will collaborate with researchers from across the Aspect partnership: the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Sussex.

Dr Dickinson will use his Fellowship to de-mystify what commercialisation means so as to tackle barriers for social scientists to pursuing commercialisation of research.

He will also provide accessible stories and role models for researchers.

Through an exciting new podcast series, Nick will interview researchers in the social sciences with direct experience of commercialising research and developing projects from their work.

The Fellowship will also enable him to organise a retreat for researchers who have idea-stage projects to begin the practical steps to commercialisation.

Dr Dickinson said, "As a political scientist, I’m used to thinking about the impact of research in terms of interaction with government. But in an era where governments are ever more interested in working with the private sector, it's increasingly vital that social scientists can do so too – and this Innovation Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in that."

As a political scientist, I’m used to thinking about the impact of research in terms of interaction with government.

But in an era where governments are ever more interested in working with the private sector, it's increasingly vital that social scientists can do so too – and this Innovation Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in that.
Dr Nick Dickinson