About

The Thinking Futures festival (6-15 November 2020) aims to share and celebrate research from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, in conjunction with researchers across the University. The programme comprises a wide variety of events for the public, diverse communities, schools, policy-makers, local businesses and third sector organisations, in Bristol and beyond.

This year, due to Covid-19, much of our programme will be delivered as virtual and socially distanced events. Please see the festival programme for details. 

Thinking Futures is part of the Festival of Social Science, an annual celebration of the social sciences and a key element of ESRC’s commitment to promote awareness of UK social science research to new audiences.

The events shaping our world, from Brexit and coronavirus, to geopolitical tensions and civic protests, reveal how social science is more important than ever to understanding the world. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, from the personal and local, to the national and global level.

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

2020 will be the 18th Festival of Social Science. For more information please visit: https://festivalofsocialscience.com/

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