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By Mark Blyth | Published: October 20, 2016
By 2010, everyone had heard the ‘austerity’ rallying cry. Immediately following the 2008 financial crisis, especially in Europe, it resounded: ‘Stimulate no more, now is the time for all to tighten!’ And tighten governments did, cutting public expenditure across continental Europe, and in the United Kingdom and the United States. The logic behind ‘austerity’ holds […]
By Pramod K. Nayar | Published: October 18, 2016
If the public institution is committed to public interest, then privatization of research and teaching cannot be allowed. Work done should be seen, heard and critiqued. Innovation in knowledge can come when people take away ideas from us, just as we did. Research should be made public, accountable and responsible. The data commons in public interest cannot be sacrificed at the altar of intellectual autonomy.
By Social Science Space | Published: October 18, 2016
One of the first four graduates of MIT’s Department of Psychology and a pioneer for data-intensive studies of vision and cognition, Whitman Richards died on Sept. 16 at his home. He was 84.
By Academy of Social Sciences | Published: October 18, 2016
The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of fellow on 83 leading social scientists, including such luminaries as Lord Stern, Nudge Unit founder David Halpern and Madeleine Atkins of HEFCE.
By Social Science Space | Published: October 14, 2016
After more six years at the helm of Canada’s Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Jean-Marc Mangin has stepped down. Christine Tausig Ford, formerly of Universities Canada,has been named interim executive director.
By Michelle L. Stack | Published: October 13, 2016
Higher education is a globally competitive market and institutions with a high rank can claim exceptionalism that brings in students and funding, acknowledges our Michelle Stack. But are rankings genuinely useful for students or for research?
By Katharine Gelber | Published: October 13, 2016
Academics need to retain their freedom to speak on matters of interest, which intersect with their specialized knowledge, even where that intersection is tangential or not visible to others.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: October 12, 2016
The never-ending audit makes a crucial point about the ways in which power structures have shifted within universities, argues our Daniel Nehring. In effect, it suggests the death of the ideal of the autonomous scholar-researcher-teacher.
By Hongyi Li and Anton Kolotilin | Published: October 11, 2016
As technology improves and organizations become more complex, the theory and practice of contract design will only increase in importance. As such, we owe, we owe a great debt to this year's Nobel laureates in economics for giving us powerful tools to structure effective contracts.
By Social Science Space | Published: October 11, 2016
“Research conducted in the social and behavioral sciences has the unique capacity to improve the human condition in a way that other sciences cannot. Social and behavioral scientists deserve to be recognized for the important impact of their work.” The SAGE-CASBS Award is an effort to do so.