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Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking | Civil Service World

Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking | Civil Service World | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As an academic specialising in modern empire, Andrew Thompson knows a lot about the trials and tribulations of large organisations. He also runs one. The chief executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council tells Geoffrey Lyons about the council’s impending transformation and the importance of understanding the past to shape the future
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Article features Andrew Thompson on collaborations with the Economic and Social Research Council and other research councils. 

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Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter

Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Culture, as described by one celebrated critic, is among the most awkward words in the English language. So it comes as no surprise that cultural value is an ever-elusive, indefinable thing.

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The article refers to work by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Gabe Chavez's curator insight, October 14, 2014 4:48 PM

I think we just dont understand it. Culture can be one of those things that everyone sorta has different views about it. Culture is whats the US so unique. we have so much immigration that there are so many different types of culture. It makes our societies different and 'one of a kind'. I find a very confusing but interesting thing.

Kortney Renee Honstein's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:56 PM

Culture is just something we don't find in a lot of places anymore. Although here in the US we tend to find a lot. People immigrate into America and that causes different cultures to come here. We may only pay attention to our culture but I know that we should start looking at other places too. It is important to know other countries culture because it gives us more insight to our own.

Dean Haakenson's comment, November 7, 2014 9:07 AM
The argument that culture is part of the economic fabric of places and not just an afterthought is interesting.