8 steps to making your research punch above its weight

How can researchers ensure their work has a lasting impact? Thinking about knowledge exchange early in your project can help you target and tick the right boxes. Mark Reed lists his eight steps to targeting, designing and sustaining the external impact of your work. At its most simple, research is about generating new knowledge. It has an impact when it is used […]

Evidence alone is not enough: policymakers must be able to access relevant evidence if their policy is to work

It is not enough to look for evidence of a previous policy success. Jeremy Hardie and Nancy Cartwright argue that exactly what evidence is needed, and of what, is the key question that needs to be asked for making real evidence-based social policy interventions. A great deal of impressive work has been done in evidence-based policymaking to help show what facts are  true– […]

How and when social scientists in Government contribute to policy

Does a PhD allow social scientists in Government to climb the career ladder and make a difference to government policy? Mariell Juhlin, Puay Tang and Jordi Molas Gallart find that social scientists working within government benefit from an ‘expert’ effect as having an academic background enhances credibility when dealing with policy colleagues. The good news for anyone with a PhD or studying for a PhD […]

Knowledge mobilisation is a social process: Social media can support individuals and organisations in research dissemination

Already an active user of social media, David Phipps has recently been thinking about its potential as an academic tool. He concludes that knowledge mobilisation is continuing to evolve and that social media could grow into a powerful tool for dissemination, connect researchers with a common interest and support communities that share academic aims. In a recent book chapter, ‘Applying […]

There’s a disconnect between “scholarly value” and how we reach audiences who need research

Fed up of hearing that ‘outreach work is a stupid idea and a huge career mistake’, Li-Shih Huang argues that impact assessment must be not so narrow-minded and elitist. She writes that teaching and research nourish each other and that academics must stop looking down on those who work with practitioners in the outside world.   Blog posts on issues related […]

Making academic knowledge useful to policy : why “supply” solutions are not the whole story

When looking at how academic knowledge informs policy there is a heavy emphasis on the need for academics to improve their communication and dissemination of outputs to fit better into the policy framework. John Parkinson argues that the speed and oversimplification inherent in policy decision-making also need to be re-examined. I have just read a blogpost by the inimitable Dragon’s Best Friend (aka @Puffles2010) in […]

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 […]

Ideas matter: The Financial Times’ Martin Wolf assigns the paternity of the new ECB policy to LSE Prof Paul de Grauwe

When academics influence policy, attribution from commentators and policymakers can be relatively rare. Professor Luis Garicano was therefore delighted when Martin Wolf of the Financial Times recently judged that last week’s announcement that the European Central Bank will alter the way it intervenes in bond markets owed much of its intellectual paternity to years of research and commentary by the LSE’s Professor […]

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How can we support the use of research in policy and practice across Europe?

The most common approach to encourage use of academic research is to repackage or communicate it in different ways, but Caroline Kenny finds this strategy largely ineffective. She argues that across Europe, both researchers and policymakers can benefit from training in how to interact with each other. The pressure on researchers to demonstrate research impact beyond academia has led to […]

Is writing a book chapter a waste of time?

Edited books may not pick up citations in Google Scholar but Pat Thomson writes that they do different work than journal articles or blogs and are often the first point of call for teachers, students and practitioners. It would be silly to think that writing a book chapter is a waste of time, but they must also be handled with […]

Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories?

Now that research is developing an online presence, thoughts are turning to how to maximise this. Brian Kelly investigates linking strategies; from Google Scholar Citations, Academia.edu and Mendeley to a researcher’s online publications, as a way of increasing researcher visibility among their digitally-literate peers. I’m pleased to say that a paper by myself and Jenny Delasalle, Academic Services Manager (Research) […]

Examination of digital technologies must become central to social science research

Sociology has traditionally played a role in commenting upon social and economic inequities, writes Deborah Lupton. Continuing critical examination of digital technologies and their implications for academic practice must be an integral part of sociological research. In my previous two posts, I presented an overview of the four practices of digital sociology and looked in more detail at professional digital […]

Professional digital practice in academia: From online networking to building apps

An understanding of how to present knowledge and promote learning in digital formats will soon be integral to academic practice. Deborah Lupton gives a tour of the not-to-be-missed academic digital tools available online. In my previous post, I explained the concept of digital sociology and presented four aspects I considered integral to this sub-discipline: professional digital practice, sociological analyses of […]

Scholarly publishing is broken: Is it time to consider guerrilla self-publishing?

Aimee Morrison has been congratulated and gained professional credit for ‘publishing’ her article in a high profile journal. Except, her work will not be printed for another two years. She writes that commercial publishers are exploiting academics’ desire for reputation against a true public good. Scholarly publishing is broken – at least journal publishing, and at least in my experience–and I […]

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