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There is often overlap in aims and approaches to impact between the Arts and Social Sciences, and this overlap can prove fertile ground for innovation, collaboration, and peer support.

In order to nurture a collegial approach to impact, as well as foster inter- and multi-disciplinary opportunities, we have set up Interchange.

Taking place once a term, Interchange is a community of practice series organised by the Impact Teams supporting the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Interchange sessions will provide:

  • Thematic insights into different impact pathways
  • A forum for sharing ideas, best practice, and opportunities for collaboration
  • Reflections and advice on working with different stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries and managing these relationships
  • An opportunity to celebrate and publicise the rich portfolio of impact work taking place across and between the two faculties and to reflect on REF 2021
  • A place to share and discuss sector updates
  • Support for new and evolving impact work

Each session will focus on a different topic or aspect of research impact, and will host speakers with experience in that area who will share an overview of their work and the insights they have gained. This will be followed by a Q&A, as well as a chance to further discuss the topic, network, and for the audience to share any experience and reflections they might have, too.

Interchange is open to all researchers at any career stage. Doctoral students are also welcome.

Lunch will be provided – please make sure to register your attendance so we can cater accordingly.

We hope to inspire and facilitate intra- and inter-faculty dialogue, collaboratively troubleshoot common challenges, and to showcase a variety of ways to achieve impact from your research. We look forward to seeing you!

Series Schedule

Environment & Sustainability

  • Thurs 8 June 2023
  • 12:30 - 14:00 (with lunch from 12:15)
  • FAB5.03

Addressing the climate crisis and generating sustainable solutions for society is at the top of the agenda for the university, the region, the nation and the world. What role can Arts and Social Sciences researchers play, and how can we ensure our contribution finds the right audience?


Pietari works in the field of Environmental Media Studies, focusing especially on green film and TV production. Pietari leads the AHRC-funded Global Green Media Network (with Dr Hunter Vaughan, University of Cambridge) and has recently co-edited Film and TV Production in the Age of the Climate Emergency: A Greener Screen, which features perspectives on green production, policy, digital infrastructure and audiences from mainland Europe to Zanzibar, from Colombia to the UK.

Caroline’s research area is the politics of climate change and of sustainable energy transitions. This entails in-depth explorations and explanations of the many ways in which politics and policy enable and/or constrain processes of decarbonisation in energy, and of the importance of delivering more equitable outcomes via sustainable transitions.

Chair: Professor Jackie Hodgson (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research)

Inclusive Impact

  • TBC
  • 12:00 - 13:00

Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into our impact activity is essential, regardless of our mode of delivery or the challenge we are seeking to address. How can we ensure these aspects are intrinsic to what we do? And what about impact activity that addresses issues of this nature head on - how might we go about planning such activity, and what are the characteristics of doing it well?

Speakers: TBC

Chair: TBC