What does impact mean to the Data Impact Fellows?

A few months ago, we had the great pleasure of spending a day with our new #DataImpactFellows at Chetham’s Library in Manchester – the oldest public libraries in the English-speaking world. During the day we asked some of them about what impact means to them.

Ben Brindle (@bmbrindle) is a PhD student examining how the labour market responds to immigration-induced supply shocks.

He said:

I want my research to have some impact in the real world and actually get to the public and policymakers.

Stuart Campbell (@_stuartcampbell) is a Research Associate in the Department of Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education. His research covers a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics, including education, social mobility, migration, and identity.

He said:

The way I’d develop impact is to promote research I’ve done with all these different datasets, show what opportunities there are.

Bozena Wielgoszweska (@MeBozena) is a Research Associate at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. She primarily works on a project which aims at harmonisation of the income and earnings data across three cohort studies: National Child Development Study (NCDS), 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

She said:

I would like to develop the instrumental impact of my research by providing evidence and raising awareness about the inequalities that exist in society.

Some of our earlier Data Impact Fellows joined us on the day too.

Oliver Exton (@oliver_exton) is an ESRC funded PhD student in Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge whose research focuses on firms and workers in international trade. We asked him about his thoughts on being a Data Impact Fellow and meeting new Fellows.

He told us:

I’d highly recommend the Data Impact Fellowship. It’s been fascinating meeting lots of new Fellows, which has really stimulated new research ideas and also shown me the wide range of research across many different areas.


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