Month: July 2016

Report: Tracing Prejudice’s Descent into Discrimination

In the wake of the government’s ‘Action Against Hate’ paper, new reports from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission look at the causes of prejudice and unlawful behavior and at the causes and motivations of hate crime.

7 years ago

Book Review: Social Media for Academics

Reviewer Andy Tattersall welcomes ‘Social Media for Academics’ as a balanced and thoughtful guide for academics that outlines the wheres and whys of how to start with an online presence and how to avoid getting it wrong from the start.

7 years ago

Watch Gary King: Do We Need a Big Data Treaty?

Political scientists Gary King has called on the policymakers and government officials in the audience to consider enacting a ‘treaty’ on the collection, retention, access and sharing of big data that could serve the needs of the academic world, the commercial world and government while protecting the interests of the public.

7 years ago
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We Need a New Science of Safety

Safety is often seen as a challenge for engineers. While that remains a component, the ability to judge risk is perhaps many times more important in keeping people safe, and that suggests it’s time for a new social science of safety, argues Philip Thomas.

7 years ago
Twitter-ing birds

Visualizing Social Media Analysis

Two of the authors of case study on using Twitter for research describe the ethical challenges of working in a rapidly changing landscape, why it’s important to be able to visualize what your analysis is finding, and why it’s important not to let your analysis be derived from some sort of ‘black box’ that you as the researcher don’t fully understand.

7 years ago
Mike Pence

What Trump’s Veep Choice Can Teach Us About Coalitions

A case study, drawn from Bob Graham’s new book, about how coalitions formed to reverse measures seen as anti gay — such as the religious freedom act that Mike Pence signed and then revised — is available for free here.

7 years ago

Vice Presidents: American Politics’ Vestigial Organ

While the choice of who will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidates currently consumes the American chattering class, once the choice is made the chosen are more likely than not to slide into obscurity.

7 years ago

A Post-Mortem: Social Sciences and Brexit

The UK’s referendum on remaining in the European Union or leaving it generated an avalanche of campaign information, including hundreds of interventions by social scientists. David Walker casts a sceptical eye over the experience, asking whether the wafer-thin majority for Leave signals a failure of social scientists input.

7 years ago