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Humanities researchers recognised by the ESRC

(29 June 2017)

Having gained her doctorate less than two years ago Dr Harriet Thomson, School of Environment, Education and Development, has been recognised with the £10,000 award for Outstanding Early Career Impact in the 2017 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Celebrating Impact Prize.

Harriet has played a central role in changing the European Commission’s approach to fuel poverty. Her research has provided the European Union (EU) with a new tool for measuring fuel poverty, and gathered Europe-wide momentum in helping the 54 million European households that currently struggle to heat and power their homes.

The judging panel for the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize commended Harriet for the clear impact she has achieved saying: "For someone in the early stages of their career to achieve traction in the EU/EC policy arena is impressive.”

School of Social Sciences (SoSS) researcher Professor Jane Green was commended in the same awards, in the Outstanding Impact in Society category. Research by Jane and her colleagues at the British Election Study on the shock result of the 2015 General Election led to more accurate polling methods which have been adopted by many leading pollsters.

  • You can read more about Jane’s work on the SoSS website.