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Institute for Social Responsibility

Established in 2019 and officially launched by Jane Brophy MEP, the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative.

With a remit to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across all disciplines, the Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners.

ISR is committed to sustaining a vibrant research culture at Edge Hill and thus provides research support in the form of training, research and knowledge exchange funding and annual research fellowships. ISR is also home to the Evaluation Policy Unit, dedicated to the assessment of public policy and public policy research.

ISR also supports annual research fellowships, giving academics the space to work on external funding bids to support research on social responsibility. ISR also provides enhanced research support training for staff and provides a home to the research unit for Evaluation and Policy Analysis, dedicated to the assessment of public policy. In addition, the work of ISR is supported by visiting fellows from a range of disciplines, and an external advisory board.

Our mission

Our aims

Critical Studies in Television Slow Conference 2022

Join us at our Critical Studies in Television Conference that will focus on the outliers of television (studies). Visit our event page for more information and to register your interest today.

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Developing research culture

Research training

ISR contributes to the ongoing development of a sustainable and vibrant research culture at Edge Hill University, and assists in the development of EHU academic staff through the provision of research training.  The Institute hosts a series of training sessions throughout the year focused on academic writing, idea generation and grant writing, plus a fully funded academic writing retreat. Each month the Institute hosts 1-day writing day for academic staff and PGRs.

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Networks, research activity, and event support

ISR also acts as an inter-disciplinary, cross-departmental hub, coordinating and supporting research.  The Institute both initiates and supports research, providing an interface for practitioners and academics to inform new ways of working and learning, and creates a platform for knowledge exchange.

The Institute aims to:

  • Provide an academic space for critical and informed reflection and debate, to build networks, to initiate and support internationally recognised research, and to encourage joint working and collaborative practice.
  • Provide support for established and new research centres across the University that seek focus on specific areas of the Institute’s remit.
  • Provide support of events such as lectures, seminars, roundtables, conferences focused on the themes of the Institute.
  • Provide support for Research Centres, Groups and Networks; interdisciplinary activity hosted by research centres, groups or networks that fits with the Institute’s theme.
ISR support


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Read about our committees, strategy and external advisory groups.

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ISR recorded seminars

As part of the remit of the Institute a series of public seminars will be organised each year, and wherever possible we will record the event.

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