Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
In a world of 24-hour news, night tubes and light pollution, does the traditional night time really still exist?
The way humanities disciplines are taught at many universities does not lend itself to ready engagement with a changed and changing world.
Cases of measles are on the rise as a cohort of unvaccinated children grows up.
Those who study, research and teach management are often viewed skeptically, even by their students, who might have more experience than they do in the business world. Here's why that's wrong.
You might be familiar with turbulence as you experience it on a plane, or as scholars describe combustible forces of social change. But understanding how it operates is far more complex.
Mobilising value from science and technology needs help from thinkers, designers, makers, policymakers and enablers – and this expertise often sits in the humanities, arts and social sciences domain.
Marx's spectre still haunts everything from economics to politics to literature. Here's where to start if you want to know more.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Economists try to create and use maps to navigate the world of human choices. But in some ways, these maps are limited.
Le Guin's father, Alfred Kroeber, was at a forefront of a movement that rejected social Darwinism and cultural superiority. In his daughter's fiction, we see these ideas come to life.
What if governments paid everyone a certain amount of money to cover basic needs?
If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
A new government program will create 10,000 work placements for undergraduates in only business and STEM subjects. Why not fund students to innovate in the social sector too?
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
Most law schools frown upon their students questioning how laws were originally conceived. But a Canadian law school once argued convincingly that law should be taught as a social science.
Try thinking of exercise as fun and something to enjoy with friends.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
It's become fashionable to suggest that generational designations are arbitrary or a 'myth.' But social scientists can pinpoint generational and cultural changes with a surprising degree of accuracy.
Defaults are powerful tools that policymakers and marketers can use to nudge us to make certain choices, whether in our interest or in theirs. How do we ensure they're used responsibly?