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Tag: Research Funding
By National Science Foundation | Published: November 22, 2016
For the fourth straight year, federal funding for research and development at institutions of higher education decreased in absolute terms, according to a new brief on the 2015 fiscal year the National Science Foundation released last week. Despite that overall fall, research and development funding for psychology and for fields identified as social science increased from 2014 to 2015.
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 program.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: October 15, 2013
Back in the summer, John Holmwood, the current BSA President, sent me an email about impact and research ethics. Various contingencies have got in the way of discussing his concerns – but they are important. John’s argument, in essence, is that the implications of the UK impact agenda for research ethics have been overlooked, and […]
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: April 7, 2013
Congress just cut funding for political science because they don’t understand the good it does. Here are four excellent examples.
By Joseph Wronka | Published: March 20, 2013
On social science, the sequester, and the need for a Human Rights Culture.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: December 16, 2012
Older readers may recall a series of advertisements on UK TV in the 1980s, featuring the Man from Del Monte. The international corporation’s representative arrived in a Latin American village where the peasants were waiting anxiously for his verdict on their fruit crop. When he declared that it was good enough for the company to […]
By Robert Dingwall | Published: September 2, 2012
It is curious that the UK government department promoting Business, Innovation and Skills should be so committed to a policy that might almost be designed to achieve the opposite effect.
By Ziyad Marar | Published: May 25, 2012
Across the world in the media, in policy, government discussions, and in our daily lives, there is evidence of social science at work. Whether it’s analysis of a cultural phenomenon like crime, or a major international concern such how climate change leads to changing lifestyles or inequality, social scientists help us understand cultures and behaviours.
By Academy of Social Sciences | Published: August 18, 2011
Re-posted from the Campaign for the Social Sciences The social sciences are vital in understanding the social world but unlike the natural sciences, they lack the powerful popular imagery to entice people to study them. Set again this background, the Campaign for Social Science was set up to help define an identity for this diverse […]
By SAGE | Published: June 1, 2011
There has been a good deal of debate across the web this week following the publication of a report by United States Senator Tom Coburn, claiming that “very few of the proposals submitted for NSF financial support represented transformative scientific research.” Here is just some of the recent coverage and responses: Wall Street Journal (Washington […]
By Social Science Space | Published: March 29, 2011
A column by Tom Sutcliffe in today’s Independent addresses the question of academic freedom posed by reports that the Arts and Humanities Research Council will require academics seeking research funds to study the Big Society as a priority. The AHRC denies that it has been subject to government pressure, and insists that it remains independent. […]
By David Canter | Published: January 9, 2011
I know the season for frivolous quiz games has passed but do you know who is buried in Westminster Abbey? More generally, do you know what it takes to get buried there (besides being dead of course)? Here’s another question that will help you guess why I’m curious about the accolade that such honourable burial […]