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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 »