Impact

We’re proud that our research contributes to the development of policy and directly influences the strategies, practices and priorities of a range of public, private and community organisations.

SCI research makes a difference by gathering evidence and critically analysing the problems and potential solutions surrounding efforts to move towards more socially just and environmentally sustainable societies. Our engagement in policy debates has been invited by governments, businesses and NGOs and has been recognised through numerous prestigious awards.

Policy engagement

Since 2018 SCI researchers have presented expert evidence to a number of public policy processes including The National Food Strategy, the Waste and Resources Strategy for England, and the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy.

SCI research has directly shaped the development of a range of policy initiatives at all levels of government as well as civil society, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeEuropean Environment Agency, and the UK Women’s Budget Group Commission on a Gender Equal Economy.

External recognition

  • Frank Geels was an expert panellist for the scoping of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
  • Tally Katz-GerroHelen Holmes and Catherine Walker were all part of the local organising committee for the European Sociological Association Annual Conference 2019 to be held in Manchester.
  • Alan Warde is an Editor of the journal Sociology, the editorship for which is currently held by Manchester Sociology.
  • Helen Holmes is a Co-editor of the journal Sociology, the editorship of which is currently held by Manchester Sociology.
  • Sherilyn MacGregor is on the Academic Board of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich.
  • Alan Warde was elected to the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association, 2019-2021.
  • Alan Warde received a PhD, causa honoris, Honorary Doctorate, from the University of Uppsala.
  • Frank Geels is the lead author on the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • Frank Geels is on the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, 2020-2024.
  • Frank Geels was selected in the 2019 Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list in the Social Sciences category.
  • Frank Geels was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.

Recent awards

  • Mat Paterson received the 'Distinguished Scholar Award’ of the International Studies Association’s Environmental Studies Section.
  • Frank Geels was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal, Researcher of the Year by the Faculty of Humantities, University of Manchester.
  • Alan Warde received the Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award 2019 from the British Sociological Association at its Annual Conference in Glasgow on 24 April 2019.
  • Sherilyn MacGregor received a Highly Commended Award at the University’s Making a Difference Awards Ceremony 2019 in the public & community engagement category for ‘A Rubbish Night at the Museum’.
  • Ali Browne & Claire Hoolohan received  a Highly Commended Award at the University’s Making a Difference Awards Ceremony 2019 in the outstanding contribution to society category for ‘Change Points for the Nexus at Home’.
  • Mike HodsonFrank Geels & Andy McMeekin were awarded the Best Paper Prize by the journal Sustainablity for their paper 'Reconfiguring Urban Sustainability Transitions, Analysing Multiplicity'.
  • Helen Holmes was awarded the Sociology University of Manchester Public Engagement Prize (Staff winner) in 2018 for her impact event ‘The Make do and Mend Expo’.
  • Helen Holmes was commended in the University of Manchester Making a Difference Awards in 2018 for her impact event ‘The Make do and Mend Expo’.