Adopting new tools can open up more effective ways of working and communicating research. But the new terrain can be daunting. Andy Tattersall breaks down the complexity and poses four initial questions for any researcher contemplating using some of these new tools. These questions can help ground a deliberate digital strategy and encourage researchers to prepare for the inevitable difficulties of […]
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 […]
Social scientists have a real opportunity to influence what politicians say in the run-up to the General Election.
Academic researchers – not just media pundits – should have their say in holding policy promises to account. Jonathan Breckon charts the various activities around the country aimed at providing a rigorous evidence-base in the run-up to the UK’s General Election. A whole range of economists, statisticians, social scientists and others are fact-checking what politicians and pundits say so that they don’t get […]
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 […]
Critics of academic writing such as Steven Pinker and Nicholas Kristof often fail to understand the political aspects of how knowledge is shared. For example, graduate students might actually be mimicking “bad writing” in order to gain entry to a symbolically enclosed profession. Melonie Fullick argues that what is really being discussed is the nature of the academic profession, the role of […]
Open peer review and its discontents: Criticism is an integral part of science – essential for progress and cohesion.
Discussing specific shortcomings of scientific research is no longer confined to scientific publications and discreet letters, but can be found online in blogs and across social media. This has opened up fruitful discussion, encouraging a more public form of peer review. But not all scientists are happy with public criticism. Sabine Hossenfelder argues that while not all scientific discourse should be conducted in […]
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, […]
Seventeen essays from distinguished scholars take on the conceptual issues surrounding the idea of freedom of inquiry and consider a variety of obstacles to such inquiry that they have encountered in their personal and professional experience. Opening a discussion on academic freedom and the place of the academy in society is a timely effort, writes Justine Seran.
This review originally appeared on LSE Review […]
The impact of economics as a discipline over other subjects can be identified through the number of mentions in the New York Times, according to economist Justin Wolfers. But what do these figures actually measure? Philip Cohen takes a closer look at the comparison. If there has been a surge in economics, this may be more to do with […]
Book Review: Community Engagement 2.0? Dialogues on the Future of the Civic in the Disrupted University
This volume is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the contemporary challenges faced by universities still struggling to adapt themselves to the online learning environment, writes Ignas Kalpokas.
This review originally appeared on LSE Review of Books.
Community Engagement 2.0? Dialogues on the Future of the Civic in the Disrupted University. Edited by Scott L. Crabill and Dan Butin. Palgrave […]
Bottom-up citizen science projects could challenge authority of orthodox science through community-led investigations
New approaches to research investigation are looking to go beyond blanket objectivity to include experiential knowledge and local contexts. Dan McQuillan looks at the counter-cultural roots of the citizen science movement where activists strove to put science at the service of the people. He argues the current field of citizen science could catalyse something equally new by explicitly questioning the hegemony of […]
Book Review: The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World edited by Gita Sen and Marina Durano
In The Remaking of Social Contracts, feminist thinkers and activists urge a new interpretation of the synergies, tensions and contradictions between social movements and global, regional and local power structures and processes. Olivia Mason recommends this book to students of globalisation, feminist activism, or social contracts.
The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World. Edited by Gita Sen and […]
Technological developments around the Internet of Things require more sustained engagement with public values.
How do we ensure that the ‘next big thing’ – the Internet of Things – be harnessed for the public good? Sonia Bussu of Involve argues that the involvement of the public is key to ensure that a common language is developed, and that societal values at put at the centre of technological developments.
This post originally appeared on Democratic Audit.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is […]
What is the definition of a science blog? Is it merely a tool that disseminates, explains, comments upon, investigates, aggregates or otherwise deals with science? An increasing number of science blogs also comment upon the process and communication of science itself. Paige Brown Jarreau shares her plans for navigating research in this area as she explores the diversity of science blogging styles, […]