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By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 26, 2013
As academics, we are not usually trained – or even encouraged – to seek an audience for our research beyond the world of peer review. This leaves us ill-equipped for the policy world, a competitive place in which scholars enjoy few advantages. To bring our ideas and findings into the policy arena, we must adopt a style of engagement that enable us to compete effectively with these other groups for the attention of decision-makers.
By Social Science Bites | Published: November 1, 2012
Is the world getting less violent? It seems unlikely. But Steven Pinker has amassed empirical evidence to show that it is. In this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Social Science Bites podcast he explains some of the possible causes of this transformation.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: May 23, 2012
Open Access to academic journal papers is a hot button issue. The UK government is in favour, along with major UK research funders and organizations representing university librarians and senior management. The European Commission supports the idea and some US stakeholders have also backed it. A bunch of idealistic scientists are promoting the cause. The [...]
By ssseditor | Published: March 30, 2012
As part of a series of occasional interviews with leading social scientists, Linda Putnam, Chair of the Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, spoke to socialsciencespace about her career.
By sharifmowlabocus | Published: March 27, 2012
Since its earliest days there has been a great deal of writing about online activism and the possibility of forming active publics via the Internet.
By ssseditor | Published: January 12, 2012
I’m a sociologist and my primary role at this stage of my career is championing theory-driven research, but also research that you put into action: I’m not just a theorist, or just a researcher, or just an action-person – rather I’m trying to link all of those together.
By ssseditor | Published: January 6, 2012
Nicholas Lemann, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is a veteran national affairs journalist who has spent a career examining issues such as race, inequality and social mobility in America, as well as the dynamics of politics and the press. Many of his articles for The Atlantic [...]
By MZurn | Published: December 1, 2011
In 2011 the Science and Technology Select Committee published the report Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies, examining the role of science when emergencies such as the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the volcanic ash disruption occur. Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, spoke to [...]
By SAGE | Published: December 2, 2010
Academics have a responsibility to make their work as accessible as possible. This not only means publishing their findings and disseminating them as widely as possible, but also making sure work is as comprehensible as possible to their audience. An audience that will not only include other academics, but also students and, on occasion, the [...]