Consulting Projects

Consulting Projects

Dingwall Enterprises has undertaken a great variety of work using Robert Dingwall’s professional skills in consultancy, research and writing. These are a few examples:


Pandemic Response, 2020-

Robert Dingwall was involved extensively in UK pandemic planning 2005-07 and was re-engaged as a UK government adviser for the Covid-19 pandemic. He is a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Viral Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), providing technical assessments to SAGE, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) sub-group on Covid-19 vaccines and the Moral and Ethical Advisory Group (MEAG) advising the Chief Medical Officer, as well as other ad hoc groups. He has also contributed extensively to coverage and analysis by national and international media including the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, RT UK, PBS (USA), NHK (Japan), RTE (Ireland), CGTN (China), Arriang (S. Korea), and TRT World (Turkey).

Health and Safety in a Changing World, 2010-16

Robert Dingwall managed a £1.4 million research programme for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation and the only chartered body for practitioners. This involved advising on project design, liaison between five research teams in universities and partner organizations, leading programme workshops, reviewing project reports and editing a book of the findings for a professional readership. The final reports are available online

Research Strategy and Performance, 2013-14

Ahead of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, Robert Dingwall was commissioned by nine UK universities to review proposed submissions in sociology and social policy, and to advise on measures to improve quality ratings.

Measuring Impact, 2014- 16

Robert Dingwall and Michael Hewitt of RDgenic Research Ltd advised the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative on methods of measuring patient and service user impact from healthcare projects. They emphasized the need for shared ownership over information gathering so that it genuinely supports quality improvement.


East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster, 2012-13

An evaluation of this initiative to promote innovation in the delivery of NHS care and education by combining the expertise of industry, health and education at a local level.

UK Learned Societies, 2013-14

The Academy of Social Sciences commissioned a review of the financial models, strategies and impact of 44 learned societies in the social sciences with regard to emerging threats. A paper based on the report was published in Science and Public Policy. This work was extended in collaboration with Research Consulting for Universities UK.

PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results (PRO-RES)

Dingwall Enterprises is participating in a €2.8 million project to develop an ethics framework for non-medical research and innovation, helping to promote more responsible research engagements and enabling policymakers to make more effective use of research information.


Sage Handbook of Research Management, 2016

Robert Dingwall and Mary Byrne McDonnell, executive director of the Social Science Research Council in New York, produced the first comprehensive resource to support leaders of research teams, groups, centres or institutes.


Robert Dingwall is a featured blogger for Social Science Space  and an occasional contributor to The Conversation, Centre for Health and the Public Interest and Cost of Living. He also writes frequent guest articles for professional and trade magazines in health and social care. Robert is a regular contributor to local, and more occasionally to national and international, radio and TV programmes.