5 Minutes with Professor Rachel Pain: “Research capacity is our greatest resource, and collaboration at any level has the potential to make for excellent research”

Rachel Pain talks with Mark Carrigan to discuss the impact agenda, collaborative research, and the distinct opportunities and challenges posed to the academic community by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). She finds that now is the time for universities to re-evaluate existing relations within and between the academy and wider society. Especially in this time of austerity, universities should look […]

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5 Minutes with Richard Lambert: “It’s a real shortcoming that academics are not good at communicating their research to the outside world”

As part of the Impact of Social Sciences’ project interview series, Richard Lambert tells Rebecca Mann of the opportunities for social scientists in the world of business, and the need for intermediaries to translate academic research into arguments that readers can understand. Ten years on from the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration, are the lessons in that report relevant to […]

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Five Minutes with Bernardo Huberman : “There are real opportunities for social scientists to turn their tools into something applicable to the real world”

Continuing a series of interviews from PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project, Rebecca Mann spoke with Bernardo Huberman, who is Director of the Social Computing Research Group at HP Labs and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Here, he explains why research needs to be interdisciplinary and discusses the opportunities for academic social scientists within industry. How would you describe your […]

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Five minutes with Prabhakar Raghavan: Big data and social science at Google

Part of PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project focuses on how academic research in the social sciences influences decision-makers in business, government and civil society. We will cover a series of salient viewpoints emerging from this interview programme on the blog over the next three months. To launch the series Rebecca Mann talked to Prabhakar Raghavan, who is Vice President […]

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Five Minutes with Tim Gowers and Tyler Neylon: “The boycott has made Elsevier more concerned about its public image”.

Earlier this year Tim Gowers sparked debate about the future of academic publishing when he declared his intentions to boycott Elsevier. With Tyler Neylon’s work on the Cost of Knowledge website, the pair discuss how they made a splash in the comfy world of academic publishing. What motivated you to call for the boycott? And, Tyler, what was your reaction […]

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Five minutes with Anne-Wil Harzing: “An Italian newspaper used Publish or Perish to compare the academic credentials of ministers in the new Monti government with those in the old Berlusconi government”.

Anne-Wil Harzing, author and creator of the Publish or Perish citations software, gives us an insight into how the software has been used in some unusual ways and discusses the differences between the REF and the ERA.   When you launched Publish or Perish in 2006, did you envisage it to have multiple uses, e.g. allowing users to evaluate other […]

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Five minutes with Conor Gearty: “It is very frustrating that my online project The Rights’ Future counts for nothing in my professional life. It is not teaching; it is not scholarly research; and it does not have impact”.

Following the success of his collaborative online project, The Rights’ Future, Conor Gearty tells us how interactive blogging became his most enjoyable academic work to date and how creating his online presence has become a mountain with no summit.     You launched The Rights’ Future in 2010: a collaborative online project exploring the history, development and current success of the […]

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Five minutes with Bora Zivkovic: “The blog is a way for me to promote young and new voices, that’s why they call me The Blogfather!”

One of the best known science writers and bloggers in the online world, Bora Zivkovic is the chief editor and community manager of the Scientific American blogs network. Here he discusses his duty to encourage and promote new scientists, and the role of science communication in the 21st century.

What is the role of science communication today?

Well, that’s not an easy question. What’s the role […]

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Five Minutes with Nicholas Lemann: “Incorporating academic research adds value to the social mission of journalism.”

Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, is a veteran national affairs journalist whose books and articles often incorporated the findings of social science research. In this interview he talks about the role that academic research has in enriching journalism and public knowledge and the need for knowledge-based journalism.   You’ve had this vision of moving the […]

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Five minutes with Mary Evans: “Gender equality is often overlooked, and with it women’s part in public debates.”

Mary Evans is a Centennial Professor at the LSE, based at the Gender Institute. Her series of highly popular posts for the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog have made her one of the blog’s most read contributors. Here she discusses her experiences speaking at Occupy LSX, and the qualities of live debate that can’t be reproduced online.


Your series […]

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Five minutes with Martin Zaltz Austwick: “Our Head of Department sees academic podcasting as a key component in our impact and communication strategy.”

The merits of academic blogging and tweeting have been discussed widely, but what about academic podcasting? Martin Zaltz Austwick shares his experiences and tips in this post, introducing us to the wonderful world of podcasting. All you need is a decent idea, a decent microphone, and you’re off!   At the beginning of November I ran a rather fun workshop in […]

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