Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein would have bridled under today's research funding bureaucracy. It's time to allow scientists to indulge their curiosity again.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
Co-founders Mary Lynn Young and Alfred Hermida explain how The Conversation Canada contributes to re-working what journalism can and should do.
Students can now see if their £9,000 a year fees are going to a 'gold-standard' school. But how cynical should they be?
In some places, the dismal labour conditions of young academics have spurred them to unionise. Not so in the Czech Republic, where students and intellectuals lead lives of “state-ordered poverty”.
If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
The Conversation sought response from the Australia-China Relations Institute based at the University of Technology Sydney in relation to analysis questioning their research, funding and reporting.
Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn't accessed.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It's important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Despite the claims of populist politicians, academics and experts can drive positive social change.
University professionals have a mix of views – just like the rest of society.
Teaching-only positions are perceived as second class, with few opportunities for research or career progression.
Undemocratic? Bureaucratic? The EU and universities have plenty in common.
Everything you need to know about predatory publishers.
Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
In celebration of academic books.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
Cyber threats are universal. But the appropriate response may be quite different in academia from what works in the corporate world.