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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 3, 2017
Our Robert Dingwall reflects on Tinder's in-house sociologist and on the just-announced New Year's Honours list to question just how diverse are current understandings of diversity.
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 disease?
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 of those participating – voted to Remain. Their voices have been completely silenced by the national media and political elite. […]
By James Lloyd | Published: May 26, 2016
As social scientists are pressured to be part of the policy-making process, that's easier said than done, explains James Lloyd. He gives six reasons why sometimes research won't (and perhaps shouldn't) impact change.
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 underlying problems that help the Zika virus to spread -- if policymakers will listen.
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, who don't seem to believe subjects are competent to make decisions on their own.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: November 5, 2015
The Federal Register is surely not everybody’s bedtime reading. It is where the US Government formally publishes certain official documents, including advance notice of its intention to make rules that implement Executive policies. For social science researchers, one of the most important of these has long been the so-called Common Rule, introduced in 1981 and […]
By Robert Dingwall | Published: May 18, 2015
There is no point in improving the innovation pipeline for antibiotics, argues Robert Dingwall, if the drugs that come out at the end all fall into the same chaotic patterns of use as today.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: March 29, 2015
The arrival of a report calling for the British government to better support social science has raised questions about the role, responses and responsibilities of a 'public sociology.'
By Robert Dingwall | Published: February 9, 2015
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa reminds us of a key lesson in public health, notes Robert Dingwall: Biomedical solutions will always come late, while social science-based interventions can break the cycle much sooner.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: December 7, 2014
There is a genuine cost from ignoring lessons from social science in the fight against Ebola. What's even sadder -- these lessons were taught in blood three decades ago in the fights against AIDS. Are we ready for the next malady?