Impact Acceleration Account

The social science Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The funding will be spent over four years (2019 to 2023) and will support our researchers and postgraduate research students in developing effective collaborations with businesses, policy-makers, third sector organisations, and other industry sector groups.


Our aim is to generate ambitious and valuable impacts for society from our social science research. Ultimately we seek to increase the contribution that social science at the University of Surrey makes to solving societal and economic challenges. The IAA funds will be invested across a programme of co-ordinated activities designed to provide a step-change to impact generation and knowledge exchange activities. The IAA aims to:

  1. To facilitate the production of first-rate academic research that directly responds to societal needs, and to encourage a greater focus on challenge-based multi-disciplinary research.
  2. To enable and support impact generation with greater reach, relevance and significance, through co-production of research with users, facilitated by earlier and greater opportunities for dialogue and networking with external partners and stakeholders.
  3. To expedite capacity development within and outside the institution, through training and skills development, to ensure the sustainability of activity and practices learned during the lifetime of the IAA.
  4. To deliver a culture change in the institution around impact, increasing the visibility of social science impact and research through facilitated networking, engagement activities and marketing support.

Collaborate with us

We aim to enable and support impact generation with greater reach, relevance and significance. We’re looking to co-produce research with colleagues from the business, public and third sectors and to facilitate opportunities for dialogue and networking. If you would like to work with us, please get in touch by email:

Festival of Social Science

We supported the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2019 – a chance to find out about the stimulating and thought-provoking social science research taking place within the University.


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Professor Graham Miller

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Sustainability in Business

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Dr Jo Blanden

Reader in Economics

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University of Surrey