As the Prize’s focus is on ideas that tackle contemporary societal issues, its heartland is broadly in the social sciences – that is, the study of society, the ways in which people behave and the relationships between individuals in a society. It includes disciplines such as anthropology, demography, economics, human geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. However the Prize welcomes responses that draw on all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking. No qualifications or past experience of any particular kind is required. We are looking for innovative thinking, whether this comes from new voices or from experienced authors.