The Coalition government showed a disdain for the arts, humanities and social sciences. The plight of these disciplines requires action from the incoming Labor government on three fronts.
Social scientists in Nigeria communicate their research results more among themselves than they do to policymakers and the general public.
It is the work of social scientists to understand how societies operate and, based on that knowledge, how populations can apply evidence-based solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
Researchers found the letters X, Y, and Z make tweets more shareable. The nonsensical result shows how easily statistics can be misused.
Tight funding and COVID-related limits on face-to-face contact have forced academics to find other ways to expose students to the real-life work they are preparing them for.
Evidence can lead the way.
The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) will build bridges between policy and research, accelerating the UK’s recovery from the crisis.
A parishioner records an online mass from an empty church in Mabopane, South Africa, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Experts in the humanities and social sciences add nuance to the debate about how to respond to COVID-19.
The active and uninhibited dissemination of knowledge is vital for the advancement of knowledge.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
Poverty, inequality and social isolation have an impact on mental health.
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Social psychiatry has fallen from favour. It’s time to revisit it.
More of this, please.
Americans recycle only about one-third of the solid waste we generate. A behavioral scientist argues that with the right motivators, we could do more.
Interviews show Brexit divisions can cause tension but that people are thinking carefully about how to avoid breakdown.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019.
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According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they’re bisexual has skyrocketed.
Overselling slim results can get research findings into the hands of news consumers.
Breathless press releases, over-interpreted meta-analyses and other ‘crud factors’ mean that weak research results can get overhyped to the public. It’s time for a cultural change in the social sciences.
High school students at the University of Maine Farmington’s Upward Bound program playing the World Climate simulation.
In the ‘World Climate’ simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goals. Playing it has made thousands want to take action.
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?
Problem-solvers who’ve studied a variety of subjects and tried different ways of thinking are in demand.
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.
Management academics often face students in their classrooms with more practical experience in the business world than they have. But management is an important inter-disciplinary field that has a lot to offer business executives.
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.