The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Science and Policy aims to bring together parliamentarians and social scientists to demonstrate the relevance and value of social science research.

APPGs are informal cross-party groups that are run by MPs and Lords, and which can involve individuals and organisations from outside parliament. ESRC supports the APPG on Social Science and Policy by funding the group’s secretariat.

The APPG meets between six and eight times per year at Westminster to debate a range of topical social science issues, and demonstrate their importance to society and policy. The audience at the meetings is invite only and is typically made up of MPs, Lords, their research staff, civil servants and policymakers.

Upcoming meetings

  • Tuesday 15 October: “Unsettled status? Which EU Citizens are at Risk of Failing to Secure their Rights after Brexit?” Speakers: Madeline Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory, at the University of Oxford and Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips, senior research fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham.
  • Wednesday 30 October: “The day before Brexit – an evaluation” Speakers: Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law at Trinity College Cambridge and Professor Anand Menon Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs and Director of the ESRC's "UK in a Changing Europe" Initiative.
  • Wednesday 13 November: topic to be confirmed

Recent meetings

Previous meetings

APPG officers


Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Member for Worthing West

Sir Peter has served as a Member of Parliament since 1975. Between 1984 and 1990 he held three consecutive posts as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government. He has represented the Worthing West constituency since 1997 and currently sits on the Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint).

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Mr Daniel Zeichner MP, Member for Cambridge

Daniel was elected to Parliament in 2015. Prior to becoming an MP he was as a district councillor in South Norfolk. Between 2015 and 2017 he served as a shadow junior minister (Transport). He is currently a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee.

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