Academic Funding

Blog posts and resources relating to academic funding in the social sciences. To start a new discussion on academic funding, visit the forum via the above link.

The Nonresponse Challenge to Surveys and Statistics

Survey researchers are increasingly unable to get people to respond to surveys. This is a real worry because nonresponse can lead to biased research and because nonresponse poses a significant threat to the federal statistical system in its entirety.

10 years ago

The Politics of Attacking Political Science

As a political scientist, I find it curious that my discipline has been singled out as being particularly wasteful of federal research dollars. How did we join welfare queens and spotted owls as convenient punching bags, things that must not be aided by taxpayer money during lean times?

10 years ago

Why Study Social Science

We study social science because social phenomena affect people’s lives in profound ways. If you want to start with Cantor’s focus—physical illness and death—then social phenomena are tremendously important.

10 years ago

Can We Make College Cheaper?

The authors of “Why Does College Cost So Much?” take a look at the root causes and determine that we can reduce the price of higher education, but not dramatically.

10 years ago

Implementing Finch Conference

A two-day conference organised by the Academy of Social Sciences looked at the implementation of the recommendations of the Finch Review for Open Access publishing in the UK.

11 years ago

Showmanship and The Entrepreneurial University

The dominance of form over substance in the academic labour market has become so unforgiving that small flaws may invalidate a candidate´s presentation of self. You certainly can do the job, but you just don´t look the part.

11 years ago