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Tag: Social Science
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: October 26, 2015
With most works of art looking at the past, the real focus is the present. The new movie 'Suffragette,' writes Robert Dingwall, invites us to think about the consequences of political systems that are supposedly democratic but systematically exclude many voices.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: July 10, 2015
A new report from the World Health Organization on the response to the African Ebola outbreak backs up what our Robert Dingwall has been writing all along -- by downplaying social science lives have been lost. The question now is whether a new WHO can improve.
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?
By Robert Dingwall | Published: September 29, 2014
As the independence vote moves from all-consuming question to historical incident, what are the lessons that Scottish universities and in particular Scottish social scientists should take away?
By Robert Dingwall | Published: August 11, 2014
Doctor Who's sobriquet implies he's earned a doctorate in something. The Doctor's not telling what he might have studied, but his actions and attitudes make a strong case for one discipline ...
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: February 10, 2014
Feel-good interventions that don't provide a practical good, or at least one not supported by evidence, generate questions that hinge specifically on future responses to climate change and more broadly on government decision-making in general.
By Paul M. W. Hackett | Published: January 6, 2014
There they sit, giving the ‘thumbs-up’ to our lives, affirming that all is okay in our world. The ubiquitous “like” button, the “like” option or “recommend” button are familiar features of many social media websites. The ‘like” feature on a social network site or blog allows readers to express their positive emotional and cognitive reactions […]
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 […]