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Tag: Social Research
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: July 16, 2014
What does the Facebook emotional contagion study really tells us about research ethics? Perhaps, argues Robert Dingwall, that its time to deregulate public social science.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: June 23, 2014
Robert Dingwall argues that numeracy and and a grasp of quantitative method of course have a place in the education of a social scientist, but they shouldn't be the only skills in the graduate's quiver. How about he ability to walk around, for one?
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 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 Daniel Nehring | Published: April 10, 2012
For there to be some sort of global sociology there would need to a recognition of socio-culturally disparate forms of knowledge and institutional settings.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: March 15, 2012
How an unholy alliance of arrogant scientists and self-interested federal bureaucrats came to widen the net of ethical regulation intended to deal with abuses in medical research to empirical investigation in the humanities and social sciences.
By MZurn | Published: December 12, 2011
As part of a series of occasional interviews with leading social scientists Ellen Wartella, a scholar on the role of media in children’s development spoke to socialsciencespace about her career in social science, and what she considered to be some of the important developments in the field. Tell me about your career in social science […]
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 Robert Dingwall | Published: July 11, 2011
I was going to write about last week’s decision by the UK Information Commissioner to force the University of East Anglia to release its climate change dataset, which has some worrying implications for the privacy of participants in many UK social research studies. However, it is hard to resist commenting on the scandal about the […]
By Social Science Space | Published: July 6, 2011
As part of a series of occasional interviews with leading social scientists, Russell Schutt talks to socialsciencespace about how he became interested in social science in the 1960s, and how his research interests have developed since then. Russell Schutt is Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston and Lecturer on Sociology, Department of […]