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ESRC Festival of Social Science Comes Again to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s three universities are once again coming together for the annual Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast

This year the ESRC festival in Northern Ireland will be led by Queen’s University Belfast, running from 3-10 November and will feature a total of 26 free events organised by social science academics from Queen’s, Ulster University and The Open University.

The UK-wide Festival aims to open up social science research to new audiences by showing how such research has an influence on our everyday lives.

A series of talks, screenings and workshops offer festival goers the chance to debate, discuss and discover how social science shapes everything from our working life and our children’s learning to how we engage with our families and within our communities.

Highlights this year include reflections on the Good Friday Agreement, a discussion on borders and Brexit, and a bus tour looking at Belfast's grassroots peacebuilding history.

For further information on the events taking place across Belfast and to register, please visit:


Media enquiries to Zara McBrearty at Queen’s Communications Office on or Tel: 028 9097 2642.