PublicSpace Ltd. is a social enterprise.


About PublicSpace

the team

PublicSpace worked from 2005-15 with university research teams to bring research findings alive for those who could use them or benefit from them.

Simon Pardoe now works independently: simon [at]

We started in 2005 after the experience (as researchers at Lancaster University) of an important dissemination being left to the end of an EC research project and becoming no longer feasible.  It let down the rural communities and the industry and policy experts who had contributed so much.  It meant that insight from a major publicly-funded project (on the GM crop debate) was not available to inform the subsequent government reports and policy reviews.

It was an illustration of just how vital research dissemination and impact can be, and how challenging it can be to achieve.

From that moment, our goal has been to develop the practical and intellectual expertise to make dissemination and impact both interesting and possible.  We work closely with university research teams to distil and communicate the significance of their research, aiming to generate positive impact and value for society, the economy or environment.

Our independence has made it possible, and that independence means our income depends on the quality of our work.


We offer personal advice, collaborative support and multi-media impact strategies for generating impact from academic and scientific research.

Our priority is to generate high quality dissemination outputs that retain the ethos, integrity, intellectual rigour and professional credibility of publicly-funded research.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, our project funding can be used for objectives related to supporting university sector research and dissemination.

About  p2

literacies dvd
Our first video documentary received 300 pre-orders and was submitted to the UK ESRC as one of the two ‘nominated outputs’ from the project.  This acknowledged its intellectual and communicative value.  The project was subsequently graded ‘Outstanding’ in its ESRC End of Award evaluation.

Since that first project, we have gained further experience, shifted to professional video technology, and developed a great team with complementary expertise.



We developed research proposals with Keele University and Lancaster University for EC Horizon 2020 and UK ESRC funding.

In the most recent years we completed work on an ESRC/EPSRC funded project with Keele University on domestic energy efficiency, and a three-year EC-FP7 funded project ‘ORCHESTRA’ on the use of computer-based methods in EU regulatory toxicology.

As the second largest partner on the EC-FP7 project, we led and collaborated on a range of actions and outputs.  Some are featured on this site.

The advice and expertise we offer, and our quality assurance and ethical policies are explained on other pages.

If would like advice or support in disseminating your research, contact us.