Author: Robert Dingwall

Robert Dingwall is an emeritus professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University. He also serves as a consulting sociologist, providing research and advisory services particularly in relation to organizational strategy, public engagement and knowledge transfer. He is co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Research Management.

Civilisation – and Some Discontents
Public Engagement
April 30, 2024

Civilisation – and Some Discontents

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There’s Something in the Air, Part 2 – But It’s Not a Miasma
Insights
April 15, 2024

There’s Something in the Air, Part 2 – But It’s Not a Miasma

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There’s Something In the Air…But Is It a Virus? Part 1
Public Policy
January 18, 2024

There’s Something In the Air…But Is It a Virus? Part 1

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Long Covid – A Contested Disorder
News
October 4, 2023

Long Covid – A Contested Disorder

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How Intelligent is Artificial Intelligence?

How Intelligent is Artificial Intelligence?

Cryptocurrencies are so last year. Today’s moral panic is about AI and machine learning. Governments around the world are hastening to adopt […]

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Kohrra on Netflix – Policing and Everyday Life in Contemporary India

Kohrra on Netflix – Policing and Everyday Life in Contemporary India

Even Social Science Space bloggers occasionally have downtime when they log in to Netflix and crash out. One of my favourite themes […]

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Involving patients – or abandoning them?

Involving patients – or abandoning them?

The Covid-19 pandemic seems to be subsiding into a low-level endemic respiratory infection – although the associated pandemics of fear and action […]

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The UK Pandemic Inquiry – Missing the Point?

The UK Pandemic Inquiry – Missing the Point?

The post-mortems on national governments’ management of the COVID-19 pandemic are getting under way. Some European countries have completed theirs, with rapid […]

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Oppenheimer: Science, Culture and Politics

Oppenheimer: Science, Culture and Politics

The new film ‘Oppenheimer’ offers several interesting views of the scientific endeavor that resonate as much in the social sciences and the humanities as in the physical sciences.

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Pandemic London – and the Future of Publishing?

Pandemic London – and the Future of Publishing?

Robert Dingwall discusses the book Breakable, which details the experiences of Sue Julians and her family in lockdown London

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Can We Trust the World Health Organization with So Much Power?

Can We Trust the World Health Organization with So Much Power?

Robert Dingwall argues that the World health Organization has become a top-down, command-and-control approach, based on a narrow scientific base and the preferences, or prejudices, of a few major donors, that has failed to deliver in times of crisis.

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Face Mask Evangelism, Trust and Democracy

Face Mask Evangelism, Trust and Democracy

The Great Mask Debate is limping towards closure. While there is no single conclusive piece of evidence, the best research points towards […]

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