Organised by the Impact Funding Team, the ESRC Festival of Social Science has run at the University of Southampton since 2019. Each festival year has focused on a different theme and has produced a wide variety of events.

This year's theme is 'Lifelong Wellbeing', which was chosen to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the NHS.

With last year's festival theme being 'My Local Area' which linked to the place-based agenda. Due to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) coinciding with the festival, events in 2021 focused on Climate Change and the Environment. With the 2020 festival taking a new approach as a digital-first event focusing on Migration, Social Care and Climate Change.

Innovating For Sustainable Future Towns And Cities: An Interactive Challenge

Local Population Change And Policy Challenges In The Era Of 'levelling-up': BSPS Policy Forum

Murder In The Citizens' Jury: A 25 Minute Dramatic Monologue With Q&A

Listening For Better Hearing; An Interactive Event Discussing Lifelong Hearing And Brain Health.

Pupil Voice For Promoting Inclusion In Schools

Knowing Your Legal Rights In A Medical Setting: An Empowering Workshop Using Films And Art To Inform Young People And Children About Their Legal Rights As A Patient.

Crafting For Wellbeing

Life Through My Lens: Tackling Weight And Unemployment

Two Tone Towns: A Social History Of Ska In Dorset

UK Drowning: Turning The Tide

Long-COVID: Myths, Misconceptions And Lived Experiences

The Magic Of Play: Enhancing Wellbeing During Medical Interventions

The Good Life: Consumerism And The Planet

Sharing The Forest: Should We Extend The Right To Roam?

Sharing The Coast: Should We Extend The Right To Roam?

Code Goshawk: An Outdoor Escape Room Experience