Cutting social science funding stalls future innovation
The Hill (blog)
Gutting funding for social and behavioral science research in favor of other scientific research exhibits a key misunderstanding of today’s emerging research areas, which are increasingly interdisciplinary in practice.
Rethinking social science research as field study
Creating a conducive environment to discuss and deliberate on all sorts of issues without inhibitions and superseding surveillance is necessary to promote a good research culture. Only such an environment can guarantee the formulation of questions worthy of research. If not, research in social sciences will become an elitist endeavour to create and recreate ‘facts’ to fulfil the needs of authority.
Social scientists in Brazil demand the creation of a new ethics committee to oversee the treatment of people studied by researchers.
In Japan there are proposed reform of university departments and postgraduate schools devoted to literature, humanities and social science studies as well as teacher training. Universities covered by this reform have been urged to abolish some of their departments or convert them into ones dedicated to the exploration of fields in high social demand
Subject Ranking 2011-12: Social Sciences
Times Higher Education
The ranking of the world’s top 50 universities for social sciences employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.