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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: May 27, 2014
Many social scientists find themselves members of a cult of quantification, argues Robert Dingwall, in love with numbers for their own sake even when those numbers produce no useful knowledge.
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 LSE Impact | Published: October 13, 2013
Due to the confusion over what counts as evidence, mental health research has largely failed to make a significant impact on workplace wellbeing and employment relations practices. Elizabeth Cotton argues that in order to make a positive difference, academic research will have to involve new technologies and communication strategies aimed at helping people to improve their mental health at work.
By British Sociological Association | Published: September 10, 2013
This year’s British Sociological Association annual conference saw countless presentations from all over the country, many of which were based on secondary data, many of which are preserved and distributed by the UK Data Service. essay writing services Established on 1 October 2012, the UK Data Service is a new national data service for social […]
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: August 12, 2013
In the furor over immigration reform in the U.S., many taking a tougher line cite the law, not the evident ethnicity of the immigrants, for their stance. But that ethnicity matters, new research suggests.
By Jessica H Smith | Published: August 12, 2013
A massive qualitative research undertaking at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service engages community researchers, lead researcher Jessica H. Smith discusses the benefits and difficulties of this approach.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: June 22, 2013
There is broad agreement is the desirability of wider access by readers to scholarly journal articles. There is less agreement on who these imagined readers might be.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: May 27, 2013
As an academic, you are a brand not only as a matter of choice, but, increasingly, due to powerful institutional imperatives that are becoming harder and harder to ignore.
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 Pat Thompson | Published: April 15, 2013
Recently I’ve seen a lot of hero/heroine narratives. They now seem to be popping up in research impact plans and claims about impact.
By Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson | Published: January 8, 2013
Study finds boredom is a key experience in daily life in secure care and young people deal with their boredom through the generation of risk-taking action.