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Research in the humanities, and in related areas such as economics and law, aims to understand, interpret, explain, and influence human affairs, ranging from the utterly personal to the thoroughly public. Researchers in these fields bring their expertise – their specialist knowledge, investigative methods, and skills – to bear in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing individuals and society in the contemporary world. It is therefore of vital importance that such research be undertaken, both within and across academic disciplines, and through engagement with the non-academic worlds; and the findings must be disseminated to specialist audiences, and more widely.