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Social scientists must start mending fences in wake of Brexit

The UK’s social scientists need to start working out how to continue research collaborations with their European peers following the referendum vote, a briefing paper from the Academy of Social Sciences urges.

In Leave: What next for UK social science? the academy’s senior policy adviser Ashley Thomas Lenihan and its head of policy Sharon Witherspoon advise the government to consider how to mitigate the impact of Brexit on the movement of international social science research talent into the UK.

They urge the government to decide quickly how it wishes to negotiate continued access to participation in EU-funded research, as the result has created uncertainty for researchers. They add that the UK’s social scientists will need to “mend fences following the heated debate of recent months”.

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