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Tag: Social Science
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 [...]
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 Ziyad Marar | Published: September 19, 2013
Social science may be faring better politically in UK than US, says Ziyad Marar, but let's avoid complacency at all costs
By Sarah-Louise Quinnell | Published: September 15, 2013
I am a Qualitative Social Scientist. I believe in that words tell you more than numbers and the emphasis on numbers in my current working environment has led me to think about why I feel so strongly about the importance of words and what Qualitative Social Science can offer the Commercial world. This leads me to make suggestions for ECRs considering leaving the Academy.
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 LSE Impact | Published: September 4, 2013
A recent New York Times op-ed has provoked a great deal of debate over the relevance and reinvigoration of the social sciences. Alex Golub welcomes some of the criticism levied at the social sciences as a whole but finds the lack of evidence supporting many of the sweeping claims on why social science is stagnating to be unreconcilable given massive funding differentials and the history of social and natural sciences. But social scientists must continue to work to ensure mainstream social science is communicated in more accessible ways.
By ssseditor | Published: August 28, 2013
A study of 11,000 alumni from the University of Oxford has shown that humanities graduates went on to work in the UK’s major growth sectors. The Oxford study can’t tell us much about the fate of graduates at other universities around the UK. But it does prompt a closer look at the stigma surrounding humanities subjects in the UK.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 26, 2013
As academics, we are not usually trained – or even encouraged – to seek an audience for our research beyond the world of peer review. This leaves us ill-equipped for the policy world, a competitive place in which scholars enjoy few advantages. To bring our ideas and findings into the policy arena, we must adopt a style of engagement that enable us to compete effectively with these other groups for the attention of decision-makers.
By ssseditor | Published: August 23, 2013
Every so often the internet is set ablaze with opinion pieces on a familiar question: Are "soft" sciences, like psychology, actually science?
By John Gallucci | Published: August 13, 2013
Do the Humanities not have an intellectual basis as legitimate and rigorous as that of the natural and social sciences? And are not the Humanities in fact an essential part of higher education? Try considering the Humanities as a form of Human Relations.