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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.
A crowd of people moving at different rates is a form of turbulence.
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.
Actually yes, science and the arts do work together.
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.
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Marx's spectre still haunts everything from economics to politics to literature. Here's where to start if you want to know more.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
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.
A connection can be made in between Ursula Le Guin’s fiction and her father’s groundbreaking work in anthropology.
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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?
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innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments.
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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.
If the government expanded the new $73 million Student Work-Integrated Learning program to all students it could help tackle Canada’s most intractable social problems — such as homelessness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, affordable housing, social cohesion and intercultural understanding.
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?
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
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.
Cycle lanes work in Florence, Italy. That doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere.
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.
Walt Disney used defaults to get children to eat healthier foods, but not all nudges have consumers’ interests at heart.
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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?