Social science research is about improving people’s lives. But this objective isn’t always understood. A writing competition launched by the Economic and Social Science Research Council is aiming to highlight the impact that PhD-level social science research has on society in the UK and around the world. Here are excerpts from three shortlisted projects. ‘Rape complainants’ underwear shouldn’t be used as evidence against them’ Rosie Cowan, Queen’s University Belfast An item of underwear recently made headline news in Ireland. The…