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Robert Dingwall is a consulting sociologist, providing research and advisory services particularly in relation to organizational strategy, public engagement and knowledge transfer.More about Robert Dingwall...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: April 4, 2017
As sociology has drifted further and further from any conservative touchstones, argues Robert Dingwall, it has become less and less able to understand the society that provides its subsistence.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: February 12, 2017
The UK science policy establishment has been remarkably sanguine in the face of its government’s plans for Brexit, argues Robert Dingwall.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: January 25, 2017
The rush to publish a revised Common Rule for federally funded human research in the United States has created a flawed regulatory regime, says Robert Dingwall., Time to tear the whole edifice down and start...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: October 23, 2016
In what he describes as the obverse of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, Robert Dingwall argues that the secular sainthood conferred on Mary Seacole steps on historical scholarship and ignores more genuine exemplars.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: September 26, 2016
We often use the metaphor of a war to describe the human struggle against disease. This is a very unhelpful way of thinking, because it generates the sort of hubris exemplified by the Chan Zuckerberg...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: August 1, 2016
In an effort to prevent 'gaming' the REF, new recommendation from Lord Stern cuts down on the freedom of academics to move from institution as they see fit. Is the cure worse than the...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: July 22, 2016
As Ian McBride has commented in The Guardian, one of the strange features of Britain’s EU referendum is the resignation with which the losers have accepted the outcome. 16 million voters – 48 per cent...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: June 29, 2016
The result of the second UK referendum on membership of the European Union appeared immediately as a tragedy, says Robert Dingwall. It has rapidly degenerated into a farce, which may yet have tragic consequences.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: May 17, 2016
Rebutting Daniel Nehring's recent post asking if sociology still matters in Britain, Robert Dingwall responds that sociology does have a good story to tell about itself, even in the age of austerity.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: February 1, 2016
Another disease in the tropics has the World Health Organisation in a lather, and again biomedicine's response will not be all that useful in the short term. Social science can help now to address the...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: December 17, 2015
Revisions to the U.S. government's regulations on ethical treatment of human research subjects that would exempt some experiments from direct oversight by institutional review boards are facing pushback from paternalistic guardians, says our Robert Dingwall,...