A lay summary can be a useful approach to breaking down barriers and making research accessible. A good summary focuses on the important aspects of the research, but distilling this information is not always easy. A helpful starting point for identifying the key elements of a research story can be the 5 Ws. Andy Tattersall finds this approach might not work for every piece of research, […]
The role of digital data in identity management and selfhood is a growing area of interest for social scientists. Deborah Lupton explores how those interested in self-tracking derive meaning from their personal data sets. An important element of self-tracking practices is visualisation and presentation. By showing one’s data to others in a visually interesting and explanatory graphic, a self-tracker achieves both self-knowledge […]
Engineering knowledge is more important than ever, but it needs to be responsive and accessible to a wider range of democratic actors if it is to solve societies’ most challenging problems. Typically framed by the interests of large institutional and industrial actors, engineering research has been much less successful in directly engaging with local communities. Sarah Bell outlines the core […]
A blog may get you street credibility, but for formal academic recognition, books are still the preferred medium.
Could blogs replace books? Michael Piotrowski reflects on the current scholarly debate surrounding immediacy and impact of academic work. A significant issue for blogs is the lack of formal recognition, largely down to the general lack of pre-publication peer review. Books are more formal in all respects, but this doesn’t disqualify blogs per se. Blogs and books have different strengths and […]
Researchers are often wary of speaking to mainstream media outlets for fear of misrepresentation. There are certainly pressing issues with how journalists simplistically present research findings, but delivering a clear, on-target message can help to ensure the research doesn’t accidentally get lost in translation. Kevin Anselmo offers advice on preparation and training beforehand to reduce the likelihood of being misquoted.
In the midst of the […]
Book Review: Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies by Miriam E. David
Feminism, Gender, and Universities celebrates the way in which feminism has forever changed the terrain of higher education whilst examining the impact that the movement has had on the lives of women engaged in teaching others, writes Katherine Williams.
This review originally appeared on LSE Review of Books.
Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies. Miriam E. David. Ashgate. 2014.
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City University of New York (CUNY) is a public university system throughout New York City and was established to improve access to quality education for a rapidly growing and diverse population. With campuses spread across a vast metropolitan area, tracking and recording the impact of its research and teaching activities is a big task. The Futures Initiative project is […]
Sociologists Joanne Entwistle, Don Slater, and Mona Sloane look at the fundamental role of light in social life. Lighting has a lot to say about social structures, yet many of these assumptions remain unchallenged. By investigating lighting design, social scientists can understand how social relationships are linked to technology and the wider built environment. In conjunction with the research, […]
Obstacles to innovation in digital publishing can be easily overcome by opening up legal channels for experimentation
When researchers are asked what innovation they need/want in publishing, they can be unimaginative in their responses for new technology. Martin Eve argues that by concentrating innovation into the hands of an ever-decreasing number of publishers, innovation and improvement become the responsibility of a market-driven publishing industry, and are therefore limited. Rather, when people are legally free to experiment, good […]
Developing social impact requires the research agenda to move beyond conventional academic boundaries.
The Dutch Senate recently passed a new Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). The SEP highlights the importance of social impact for research. The new Protocol was developed by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), VSNU (Association of Dutch universities) and NWO (Dutch Science Council) and is to be used to evaluate academic research from 2015-2021. Based on recent […]
Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge.
Data connectivity is intrinsic to most of our daily lives. The place which exists in almost every community large or small, rural or urban, is the public library. Ben Lee argues that not only do libraries provide free access to data, but they do so in an environment which is trustworthy and neutral, geared to learning. Access to digital […]
Aiming to redefine the core issues at the heart of feminist activism in a development context, Feminist Activism, Women’s Rights, and Legal Reform brings together cases from across the developing world in an effort to analyse the successes, and failures, of the evolution and implementation of new laws designed to protect women and girls. Katherine Williams summarises three fascinating chapters.
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An archeological site in southern Italy rich with history and restoration promise lies at the centre of a 21st century political debate. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Pier Giovanni Guzzo provide background on the Sybaris Project where a group of academics and volunteers are organising against administrative inefficiency. The aim is to exercise public pressure on the institutions responsible until they […]
How is data science different to mainstream statistics? Communication and visualization are key features of analysis.
Hadley Wickham argues statistics is a part of data science, but not the whole thing. Data science is addressing many of the areas ignored by mainstream academic statistics. For example statistics has a lot to say about collecting data but little to say about refining questions crucial for good analysis. The end product of an analysis is not a model: […]
Five Minutes with Trish Greenhalgh: “We need to be clear that research impact isn’t a single dimension.”
Trish Greenhalgh is currently Dean for Research Impact at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. In discussion with Managing Editor Sierra Williams she delves into the nature of academic impact and the remit of her appointment. She finds that many academics still have a naïve and overly rationalistic view of how their work might link with policy. Drawing on the […]
Research funders across the world are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize openness of data, transparency and accountability of the research they support. This guide aims to cover guidance on how to plan your research using a data management checklist, how to format and organize data, and how to publish and cite data. This is a useful guide for students […]