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News Focus: Promoting human right is not just about formulating law – social science is needed for social change

Opinion piece: The Campaign site gives many examples of how social science has helped our society. In this article Dr Lok Bhattarai, of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, uses his expertise on Nepal to show how policy advocacy fails to deliver the desired outcome when social science is not made… Read more »

Social science is needed for social change

In this article Dr Lok Bhattarai, of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, uses his expertise on Nepal to show how policy advocacy fails to deliver the desired outcome when social science is not made an important part of decision-making: All attempts at social change and economic development need to make… Read more »

Two Campaign supporters given awards

Two senior members of the Campaign were given awards in the New Year’s Honours List. Professor Tony Crook, the first Chair of the Campaign, was awarded a CBE. Ceridwen Roberts, a member of the Campaign Board, was given an OBE.

Campaign concerned about new campaigning rules

The Campaign is one of dozens of non-profit organisations that have raised concerns about a new Parliamentary Bill on campaigning and are asking the Government to make the rules clearer and less restrictive

Social Science Parks

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, writes about her vision of Social Science Parks, where business, professionals and academics come together

Chief Social Scientist post is high on policy-makers agenda, says Campaign

The issue of the reinstatement of the post of Government Chief Social Scientist is much higher on the agenda of policy-makers now, the Campaign’s Director, Stephen Anderson, has said.

What works or what may work, and bets on whether it will

Opinion piece: by Michael Bassey AcSS, Emeritus Professor of Education of Nottingham Trent University: On 4th March the Cabinet Office issued this press release: LAUNCH OF THE WHAT WORKS CENTRES A new initiative will build on existing evidence-based policy making to guide decision-making on £200 billion of public spending. National government and local public services… Read more »

Campaign will stop social science being undervalued, roadshow hears

Social scientists have felt undervalued and unappreciated, but the campaign organised on their behalf was changing that, a roadshow at London Metropolitan University on 20 February heard.

Evidence informs, but only when it is understood

The Government Office for Science (GO Science) launched its eagerly awaited Foresight Report on Tuesday 27th November entitled “Reducing Risk for Future Disasters” looking towards shoring up communities – urban and rural – for scenarios anticipated up to 2040. Its focus was primarily on developing countries. It will influence much of the thinking of scientists… Read more »

‘A government must have senior social scientists in senior roles’

The Director of the Campaign for Social Science, Stephen Anderson, has spoken out in favour of the restoration of the post of Government Chief Social Scientist. In a blog on the Nesta website, Mr Anderson says: “Without this role, no government can be fully informed about the best policies.” Read more  (this opens a new browser tab)

From behaviour to benefit

We reproduce here an article written by Stephen Anderson, Director of the Campaign (from Public Service Review, European Union – Issue 23)  in which he urges the use of research to better inform public policy: It often seems to surprise us when other people don’t behave as we do or react as we expect. Our own ways… Read more »

Social Science – a few more reasons why we need it

Introduction Professor Audrey Osler has written ten reasons why we need social science for the Campaign’s website – see previous entries. Here she adds six more: 1. Democracy and devolution. Audrey Osler’s tenth reason is to do with the capacity of social science to assist in guaranteeing democracy by helping us to hold politicians to… Read more »

10 reasons why we need social science

Professor Audrey Osler has written ten reasons why we need social science for the Campaign’s website: 10 reasons why you need social science We know that Britain’s social scientists are world leaders in their fields, but why do we need them? And if they weren’t around to analyse what’s going on, would you miss them?… Read more »

How we can help build the case, by David Walker

Here David Walker, the Campaign’s Advisor, writes about building a case for social science: ‘Society, socialism sociology…Public money could not be spent to support such error.’ That was view of the Tory minister Sir Keith Joseph in the early 1980s, as paraphrased by Michael Posner, the then chairman of the Social Science Research Council –… Read more »

Springing into social action by Audrey Osler

When given the proper level of recognition, social science can change people’s lives for the better, declares Audrey Osler, Professor of Education at the University of Leeds, in an opinion piece for the Campaign’s website: Why, when we have such talented social scientists, has the impact of academic research on policymaking been limited? This question… Read more »