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MD08: An Alliance for Research, NOT a Research Alliance
Thursday, 22/Aug/2019:
12:45pm - 1:45pm

Session Chair: Marta Soler, University of Barcelona
Location: BS.G.36
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Business School, Ground Floor Oxford Road

Session Abstract

The session presents how the research funding landscape is changing, as well as the interplay of a class of professionals in the design of science policy. Although a political agenda lies behind funding for research, researchers are gathering together to show critical mass and contribute to the co-design of the future instruments and tools for research. The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) is the largest umbrella organisation of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe and advocates for an important redefinition of science funding which can harvest the best research in Europe, with a particular attention to human and social research. The European Sociological Association is a member of EASSH, endorses its work and collaborates on its position papers.


Gabi Lombardo, Director, European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities


Gabi Lombardo PhD is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (, the largest advocacy and science policy organization for social sciences and humanities in Europe. She is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and has extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. Gabi holds a senior level experience in strategic and ‘foresight’ planning in elite higher education institutions, international research funders and associations as she worked with the London School of Economics (LSE), the European Research Council (ERC) and Science Europe (SE).

As Director of EASSH, Gabi advocates also for the need of a strong evidence-based approach to policy-making, and the inclusion of researchers in science policy development for strategic and broad-based research funding. In November 2018, Gabi received the Young Academy of Europe Annual Prize.

Chaired by:

Marta Soler-Gallart, University of Barcelona, Spain


Marta Soler-Gallart, Harvard PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Director of CREA Research at the University of Barcelona. She is currently ESA Vice-President and co-Chair of the ESA 2019 Conference Committee. She has been Chair of RN29 and is also member of RN33. President of the Catalan Sociological Association and Governing Board member of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities. Involved in the ISA as the Editor of the journal International Sociology. She coordinated the H2020 research SOLIDUS, was knowledge management coordinator of the FP7 IMPACT-EV project and has been involved in the Interim Evaluation of H2020 for the European Commission. Author of the book Achieving Social Impact. Sociology in the Public Sphere (Springer), and of articles in journals such as Current Sociology and Qualitative Inquiry. She was the first social sciences researcher serving at the ORCID Board of Directors (2014-2016), contributing to this organization’s global expansion.

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