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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


Over the past five years, the University has established a number of collaborative networks and Strategic Research Initiatives; our DTP will be embedded within this outward-looking multi-disciplinary framework. We are committed to building capacity in the social sciences and to giving social science more visibility and voice - both within the University, and in other social and public contexts. With direct funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Cambridge Social Science Partnership comprises of an internal network of 24 plus participating Departments at Cambridge, with a growing network of non-academic partners (across business, industry, policy and third sectors). Our approach is based around thematic clusters, which address what we see as major social science challenges of our time. These clusters form the context for multi-disciplinary pathways to doctoral research and training in the DTP.


Collaboration with Industry - Cambridge Grand Challenges

The Cambridge Grand Challenges (CGC), a new scheme focused on developing collaborations with external partners on the four Grand Challenges as identified in the UK Government's Policy Paper works together with the Cambridge Social Science Partnership on the following four areas:

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Data
  2. Clean Growth and Sustainability
  3. Future of Mobility
  4. Ageing Society


Other Collaboration Activities with External Partners:

Knowledge Exchange Studentships


Knowledge Exchange Seminars and Networking Events