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International Students in China: Divergent Journeys and Multidimensional Lives
Career
August 19, 2019

International Students in China: Divergent Journeys and Multidimensional Lives

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ESRC’s Effort to Develop Leadership in the Social Sciences: A Hunt for Unicorns?
Career
August 14, 2019

ESRC’s Effort to Develop Leadership in the Social Sciences: A Hunt for Unicorns?

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The Practice-Research Bridge: Do Marketing Practitioners Read Academic Research?
Career
May 23, 2019

The Practice-Research Bridge: Do Marketing Practitioners Read Academic Research?

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Better lives with better toilets: An ESRC Better Lives Essay
Career
May 16, 2019

Better lives with better toilets: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

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Notes on a G-string: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Notes on a G-string: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Rosie Cowan ticked numerous beats in her journalism career: politics for the Press Association, business for The Belfast Telegraph, and Ireland and later crime for the Guardian. Now a postgraduate research student in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, she displays both her subject-matter expertise and writing skills in this co-winning essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition. The competition asked PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives.

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Tilting at windmills in a climate-changed world: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Tilting at windmills in a climate-changed world: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Celia Robbins, a PhD student at the University of Exeter, spent 25 years working in environment and sustainability. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, she examines how wind energy has been playing out in Cornwall, and what that means for renewables beyond that bucolic county.

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How Journal Impact Factor Affects Your Career

How Journal Impact Factor Affects Your Career

A new preprint was recently shared on PeerJ Preprints on the Use of the Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations. Alice Fleerackers, Juan Pablo Alperin, and Erin McKiernan discuss the investigation and the findings on how the flawed metric is currently used in tenure and promotion decisions in universities across North America.

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The illusion of eternal independence: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

The illusion of eternal independence: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Social anthropologist Chloë Place, a research student at the University of Sussex, had both worked for the National Health Service working with older people with dementia and spent a lot of time living in Andalusia when she became interested in studying approaches to aging in the Andalusian context. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, she describes how her ethnographic look at kinship care in a rural Spanish setting influences her perspectives on care elsewhere.

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Social Science Ahead of the (Shallow) Curve on Altmetrics Acceptance

Social Science Ahead of the (Shallow) Curve on Altmetrics Acceptance

A new survey of university faculty finds that the idea of altmetrics – using something aside from journal citations as the measure of scholarly impact – has made less headway among faculty than might be expected given the hoopla surrounding altmetrics. These new measures are the most familiar in the social science community (barely) and least familiar in the arts and humanities (dramatically so).

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Becoming a diagnosis: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Becoming a diagnosis: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Sociologist Lauren O’Connell, a postgraduate research student at the University of Essex, holds a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council for her doctoral research exploring how clinical diagnosis and treatment shapes the experience of anorexia nervosa. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, she details how her own experiences influenced her work.

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Zoom-in vs Zoom-out: Resources for the Generalist-Specialist Trade-Off

Zoom-in vs Zoom-out: Resources for the Generalist-Specialist Trade-Off

Hashem ElAssad argues that the failure to appreciate the trade-off that comes with an espoused view is doing harm to the public. The specialization vs generalization debate is no exception to this. The aim of this article is to provide quality resources exploring whether or not specializing in a trade or generalizing in multiple is a better route.

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ESRC Announces Finalists for Celebrating Impact Prize

ESRC Announces Finalists for Celebrating Impact Prize

Ranging from jurisprudence to autism, the loss of a baby to the growth of equality in science education, the work of the finalists in the seventh annual Celebrating Impact Prize competition—announced today — represent a broad cross-section of meaningful work from Britain’s social and behavioral researchers.

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