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By Will Davies | Published: October 14, 2014
Will Davies responds to the calls for a social science shake-up by questioning the status of the social sciences in 2014 as something other than mere understudies to the natural sciences. The shared terrain of the two, he argues, seems to rest on various acts of forgetting on the part of the social sciences, but no acts of learning on the part of the natural sciences.
By Sierra Williams | Published: October 13, 2014
With one foot firmly planted in natural science and one in social science, Yale's Nicholas A. Christakis looks at the landscape of the latter and wonders why it's changed so little in the past century. Is it time for a common-sense, and yet radical, reshuffling of the institutional frameworks that we tend to accept as permanent?
By Jane Tinkler | Published: June 10, 2014
The Impact of Social Sciences blog emerged from a three-year research project devoted to a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the complexity of academic impact. To not let any impact-relevant knowledge dissolve away, Jane Tinkler takes a look back at the outputs, outcomes and connections made throughout the research process.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: February 25, 2014
As it is released in North America, a book on the impact of social science in Britain suggests guidance for raising the disciplines' profiles in the U.S. and beyond.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: January 24, 2014
A live-streamed panel discussion this week will officially launch a new effort to demonstrate the pocketbook benefits of social science in Britain and beyond.
By LSE Impact | Published: August 24, 2013
As academics think about impact, they can draw on some of the lessons and strategic approaches used by civil society and campaigning groups.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: April 16, 2013
The controversy over BBC journalists’ use of a student tour group linked to the London School of Economics should not be allowed to go away quietly.
By LSE Impact | Published: January 30, 2013
“The social scientists we could do business with were those who grounded their ideas through field studies, cultural probes and social data”.
By LSE Impact | Published: January 13, 2013
We are swimming in ‘big data’ and despite their performances as advocates of data freedom, policymakers don’t seem to bear any responsibility for educating the public on how to read it.
By Social Science Space | Published: July 31, 2012
Technology has the potential to share knowledge both further and faster. The 2012 THE Knowledge Exchange / Transfer Initiative of the Year was recently won by LSE for a series of academic blogs, and the managing editors share their thoughts with us about the state, impact, and future of academic blogging
By Social Science Bites | Published: July 2, 2012
How are children using the Internet? How is it affecting them? Sonia Livingstone, who has overseen a major study of children’s behaviour online discusses these issues with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Social Science Bites podcast.
By Amy Mollett | Published: June 7, 2011
Academics today are increasingly being pressed to provide evidence of the impact of their research on the world outside academia, whilst universities now have to provide evidence of impact as part of the new Research Excellence Framework. For many, there is confusion about the different definitions of impact that exist amongst funding bodies and research […]