ESRC and impact talk – Professor Irene Hardill – ‘Understanding Impact from a Social Science Perspective’, 21st March


With support from the Department of Sociology and Criminology, we are very pleased to offer a talk from Professor Irene Hardill on ‘Understanding Impact from a Social Science Perspective’.

This event is offered to all staff at the University and will be proceeded by a catered reception and an introduction from Professor Jon Bannister of Manchester Met’s Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU).

Weds 21st March
Geoffrey Manton LT2
Reception 5.30pm
Talk 6pm
Booking essential –

Irene Hardill is Professor Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University. She is a human geographer whose work is policy-related.  Over the years her research has explored the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid work, unpaid work in the home and in the community.  She has explored what moves people to volunteer and the changing roles and responsibilities of voluntary and community sector organisations in the mixed economy of welfare. Her research is participatory, involving working in close partnership with research users. She has held a number of ESRC grants, and managed projects from other sponsors including the Leverhulme Trust, Age Concern England,  the Canadian High Commission, and the French Government. Her current research includes a British Academy Infrastructure project on Digitising Voluntary and Community Sector Archives; an ESRC project Discourses of Voluntary Action at two ‘Transformational Moments’ of the Welfare State, the 1940s and 2010s (ES/N018249/1) and she is also undertaking evaluations of two major ESRC civil society investments. Recent publications include an edited book on lifecourse methods, co-edited with Dr Nancy Worth: Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences(Bristol, Policy Press) a co-authored  Enterprising Care: Unpaid Voluntary Action in the 21st century with Professor Sue Baines (MMU) and her book with Professor Jon Bannister J (MMU)Knowledge Mobilisation and the Social Sciences: dancing with new partners in an age of austerity has just been published in paperback by  Routledge. She has substantial committee and commissioning panel experience for ESRC and RCUK, and is currently a member of the ESRC Capability Committee.  In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy for the Social Sciences, and currently sits on the Nominations Committee.