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Category Archives: Research funding
Feb 6 2014
Five minutes with Nikolas Rose: “The imperative to make exaggerated promises about impact is damaging to the science itself”
Chris Gilson, Managing Editor of our sister blog USApp, recently interviewed Nikolas Rose, Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London and one of the principal investigators of the interdisciplinary, European Commission-funded Human Brain … Continue reading
Posted by: February 6, 2014
Jan 31 2014
Proving public value can be an especially difficult task when high-profile cases of fraud in social science disciplines emerge. Rose McDermott makes the case for greater transparency in both the production and review of social science to restore the legitimacy … Continue reading
Posted by: January 31, 2014
Jan 20 2014
The Impact of the Social Sciences research book is out this week! Browse the living bibliography, data visualisations and other resources.
The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference by Simon Bastow, Patrick Dunleavy, and Jane Tinkler. The three-year Impact of Social Sciences Project has culminated in a monograph published by SAGE. The book presents thorough … Continue reading
Posted by: January 20, 2014
Jan 20 2014
The contemporary social sciences are now converging strongly with STEM disciplines in the study of ‘human-dominated systems’ and ‘human-influenced systems’
Much less is known about the development of the social sciences as a complete discipline group than about the previously dominant STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline group. Patrick Dunleavy, Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler set out some key … Continue reading
Posted by: January 20, 2014
Nov 1 2013
The academic career path has been thoroughly destabilised by the precarious practices of the neoliberal university.
It is an increasingly difficult time to begin an academic career. The pressures of the REF, casualization and adjunctification of teaching and the disappearance of research funding are enormous obstacles academics face. Sydney Calkin looks at how academics have in many ways … Continue reading
Posted by: November 1, 2013
Oct 28 2013
Exploratory analysis of researcher behaviour challenges the assumption that STEM subjects are more societally useful than SSH.
Using a database with information on over 1,500 researchers, statistical analysis was recently undertaken to test the hypothesis that technical STEM subjects were more societally useful than social science and humanities (SSH) subjects. Paul Benneworth describes the research process and … Continue reading
Posted by: October 28, 2013
Oct 22 2013
As the European Commission paves the way for open access, a consistent policy environment is needed across the EU.
The European Commission has extended and solidified its open access policy for the upcoming Horizon 2020 research funding programme. Alma Swan welcomes the clear signal from Brussels which has issued a Recommendation for Member States to follow its lead. But … Continue reading
Posted by: October 22, 2013
Oct 13 2013
Traditional textbooks on research methods tend to ignore, or gloss over, how research questions are constructed. In this text, Mats Alvesson & Jorgen Sandberg seek to challenge researchers to look past the easy or obvious choices and create more interesting and … Continue reading
Posted by: October 13, 2013
Oct 10 2013
Don’t just complain, take the lead! Social Sciences and Humanities must look to integrate into Horizon 2020 targets.
It is a crucial point in time for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to demonstrate their value and relevance. Nothing would be more fatal than to fall back to the “complaining mode”, argues Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research … Continue reading
Posted by: October 10, 2013
Sep 4 2013
What would happen if researchers were given more control over their own funding and the funding of others? Hadas Shema looks at the results from an article that makes the case for a collective approach to the allocation of science … Continue reading
Posted by: September 4, 2013