Social Science in the News

Financial Times

Tim Harford quotes Campaign for Social Sciences, Sharon Witherspoon, in his piece on the need for number and data skills. (Note: The opinion piece is behind the Financial Times paywall, please contact FT or the Author directly to get full access).

The Times

Parents of “boomerang” children who move back into the family home are more likely to be miserable than “empty nesters” whose offspring achieve independence, new research has shown.

The Wall Street Journal

Helping out your co-workers isn’t customarily seen as a path to power.

Financial Times

Most of what we know in the fields of sociology, psychology, political science and medicine is derived from tiny experiments in controlled environments.

The Times

Tomorrow’s immigration statistics are likely to show a further fall in net migration, especially from the EU. If so, they will get the same reaction as last time.

University of Oxford

The argument against echo chambers is well documented: helped by social media algorithms, we are increasingly choosing to interact in safe spaces, with people who think and act like us - effectively preaching our opinions to the converted.

New Statesman

Britain’s universities are one of its greatest strengths.

Times Higher Education

It takes a long time to do history. In the US, graduate students spend an average of three to four years researching and writing their dissertations, the longest stretch in the humanities.

Financial Times

Computing has long been perceived to be a culture-free zone — this needs to change.

The Herald

We know that children who grow up in areas of high social deprivation face challenges and that, unless well supported, they are less likely than their more advantaged peers to be successful in later life.

Evening Standard

Arts and social science students could see their tuition fees slashed in a new “value for money” deal, the Education Secretary said.

Financial Times

Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, says: “Thirty years ago the psychological contract was if you [work hard] for us we’ll give you career development.

University of Kent

New research shows that workers who fear they may lose their jobs are less likely to have access to family-friendly flexible working arrangements.


Just as archaeologists back here on Earth take interest in the remains of decades past beneath us, some in the industry have started pursuing a similar curiosity in what's above our pale blue dot.

University of Oxford

It is estimated that 17,000 children every year are affected by maternal imprisonment in England and Wales.

The Guardian

Although they are the go-to metrics for scientists and politicians, global temperature targets or atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are unlikely to be understood or seen as personally relevant by a majority of the public.


The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1768 in 2010 to 4751 in autumn 2017.

University of Sussex

Academics have identified four distinct personas of social media user that teenagers describe as shaping how they behave on social media.

Times Higher Education

The UK’s Office for Students was launched this month, with more headlines about its mission to crack down on universities that permit the “no platforming” of controversial speakers.

Harvard Business Review

The vast streams of data generated through social media platforms, when analyzed responsibly, can offer insights into societal patterns and behaviors.

The Times

Our “confirmation bias” — an elementary part of social psychology — explains how we seek comfort in every piece of evidence that confirms we are right and find a way of excluding anything that suggests we are wrong.

The Globe and Mail

While many of us believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the research on the virtues of the morning meal are less certain.

The Conversation

Claims that robotics will wipe out millions of jobs, from car manufacturing to banking are all too common.

Huffington Post

These days many academics like to talk and write about public scholarship. In my discipline, anthropology, there is no shortage of essays, books, and blogs about public anthropology.

The Conversation

When asked about immigration in the abstract, opinion surveys suggest that a majority of the British population want numbers reduced.

The Times

Each year, around this time, I find myself marking essays by students who are thousands of miles away and whom I have not seen since last summer.


North Carolina is so narrowly and deeply divided that, last November, voters ousted a conservative governor in favor of Democrat Roy Cooper – but elected a Republican lieutenant governor as his partner.

University of Exeter

A group of researchers, led by the University of Exeter, have contributed to a special issue of the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolutionto examine commonly used social science techniques and provide a checklist for scientists to follow.

Times Higher Education

Since the advent of so-called big data, much has been written about the possibilities and challenges of making the most of the multiple digital traces created online.

Huffington Post

Landlords have spoken of their dismay at problems caused by Universal Credit as its revealed 73% are still hesitant to rent to those enrolled on the flagship programme.

Children can be left confused and unable to write accurate sentences because of "uncertain" grammar teaching, experts have warned.

The Conversation

If kids spend hours a day speaking to digital personal assistant Alexa, how will this affect the way they connect to real people?

The Times

England has one of the biggest gaps in the developed world between high and low achievers in maths, analysis shows.

The Telegraph

Questions about value for money for university students and the heated debate about Vice-Chancellors’ pay challenges the reputation of our world-leading university sector.

The Conversation

A critical part of reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 13 years’ time is to ensure that everyone can access equitable and affordable healthcare – more commonly known as universal health coverage.

The Chronicle Live

Is going to university a waste of money?

Huffington Post

Britons should “embrace an android” and welcome the rise of robots in the workplace, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has declared.

The Guardian

It’s also important that the government does not neglect the social sciences, humanities, arts and education in favour of its apparent emphasis on Stem subjects.

The Times

The NHS could end shoulder surgery, hormone tests and other procedures which have been listed among poor-value treatments by health chiefs.

The Times

These are sobering times to mark the Beveridge report, which was published 75 years ago today.

The Conversation

Before World War II, there was no welfare state as we know it today.

UK Fundraising

Earlier this month fundraisers met researchers at the University of Sussex to find out how neuroscience techniques could help them to understand better how and why people give to charity.

The Times

Next week the government will finally publish its long-awaited white paper on industrial strategy.

Civic Hall

Why not manage public data like water — a public resource required for all life?

The Wire

Modern day science and research thrives on national and international collaborations.

Times Higher Education

The world is witnessing a series of extraordinary revolutions in how thought happens.

Business Insider

Around the world, Americans have a reputation for working longer hours than almost anyone else.

University of Cambridge

Whether you like it or not, almost every step you take online is recorded: the websites you visit, the purchases you make, the songs you listen to, the messages you post or read on social sites, and the pages you follow on Facebook.

The Conversation

STEM programs are critical components of universities’ curricular and research missions, but so, too, are the liberal arts.

The Guardian

Two studies – the first of their kind – conducted by YouGov in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Conspiracy and Democracy project, one in February 2015 and the other in March 2016, show that Brits are just as likely to believe in conspiracy theories as Americans.

Pacific Standard

Over the last year, many companies have ended their liberal work-from-home policies.


Today on Hidden Brain, we'll go inside the operating room with Gawande — and hear about a 1930s plane crash that inspired his obsession with checklists — as we explore the subtle biases that cause very smart and very skilled people to become their own worst enemies.


Ofsted's report Getting Ready for work provides a bleak prediction: "The nation's economic prosperity is at risk because the majority of schools are failing to prepare pupils for the world of work."

GP Online

Healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face at work experience less anxiety and depression, improved teamwork and increased empathy for patients and colleagues, a study has found.


Mamie Phipps Clark would go on to study psychology and develop valuable research methodology that combined the study of child development and racial prejudice— helping her field incorporate the felt experience of childhood racism.

Business Grapevine

The office orchestra around this point of Autumn is the same year-on-year:

The Financial Times

Productivity is no higher now than it was just before the 2008 financial crisis, in stark contrast to the average annual growth of 2.1 per cent recorded during the decade before the crash.


Researchers in the fields of social science and medicine are debating how to fix an increasingly recognized problem: A lot of their findings are either outright wrong or can't be replicated.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Men using the smartphone dating app tend to select “hot” candidates, while women are more likely to prize intelligence and stability.

Scientific American

When Hillary Clinton’s new book What Happened debuted on Amazon’s Web site last month, the response was incredible.

Times Higher Education

UK universities generate £95 billion for the country’s economy and support more than 940,000 jobs across the nation, according to an analysis from Universities UK.

Inside Higher Ed

When you come for the social sciences, you’d better come correct.

Financial Times

In the early 1990s, Amartya Sen, the Indian economist, raised concerns over “missing women”, most notably in Asia.

Financial Times

The study of how networks compete or co-operate with each other and with hierarchies is a hot topic in the social sciences, and it is easy to see why:


For students choosing careers, data science presents an opportunity to be in demand.

The Conversation

In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15-hour workweek.

The Guardian

In recent months, warning voices have grown louder as the digital assets known as cryptocurrencies have attained record valuations.

New York Times

Much of the argument concerned various statistical tests for identifying extreme gerrymandering.

Science Daily

The significant scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth history, an international team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has suggested.

The Atlantic

$6.4 billion. That’s how much candidates, political parties, and interest groups spent on federal elections in 2016, according to the Open Secrets project at the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Guardian

This month the world’s first “archaeology coin” launched to fanfare from a small community; however, it might be part of a coming social science data revolution.

Ars Technica

In late 2014 and early 2015, escalating tensions in New York City led to the NYPD staging a slowdown in which the department performed only its most essential duties.


Wikipedia is one of the world's most popular websites, but scientists rarely cite it in their papers.

The Times

There is more diversity among the leading universities in social science and management subjects than in other areas of the undergraduate curriculum.

Washington Post

Researchers have a great deal of flexibility in determining how to report data, which results to report or whether to report them at all.

Daily Mail

It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States - manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering - and one the Supreme Court has never curbed.

New Statesman

On 18 September 1997, the Welsh people just about voted to create a National Assembly.

University of Cambridge

Funding cuts and austerity measures are damaging young people’s access to mental health services, with potentially long-term consequences for their mental wellbeing, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

The Telegraph

For years the number of stay-at-home dads has been rising, as more men take on responsibility for looking after the home and family.

Times Higher Education

Universities can stem the tide of polarisation between the higher education elite and the wider public by introducing “inclusive internationalisation” strategies that benefit the whole of society, according to a leading international relations scholar.

The Lily

People read science fiction and fantasy as a form of escapism.

The Daily Mail

Britain’s parks risk being left empty because of dog mess, broken glass and drugs paraphernalia.

Financial Review

STEM disciplines are a discrete set of methodologies, whereas the humanities and social sciences are a separate set of interpretative skills that are of equal value.

City AM

The great Harvard economist Joseph Schumpeter, writing in the 1940s, predicted the eventual demise of capitalism.

New Statesman

In the last two decades of the 19th century, a new word began to appear in the writings of biologists and zoologists across Europe, inspired by the work of Charles Darwin. “Degeneration” referred to a subset of the evolutionary story by which a species or subspecies began to lose ground in the evolutionary game

The Conversation

As we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things.


Four in five British adults are proud of the work they do, while two thirds enjoy going to work most days, research suggests.

The Conversation

People are astonishingly capable of making sense of language, even though it is often ambiguous.

The Guardian

Chew Jetty in Malaylsia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with neon signs; one-time fishermen peddle T-shirts, magnets and postcards.

The Independent

Laws prohibiting blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread” worldwide, with many laying down disproportionate punishments ranging from prison sentences to lashings or the death penalty, the lead author of a report on blasphemy said.


Cities have always done a pretty good job of keeping track of property sales.

Financial Times

To most people, an economist is the chap interviewed in newspapers or on the television uttering acronym-laced incantations about 0.3 per cent this or 10 per cent that.

The Telegraph

Ah, the last Bank Holiday of the summer:

Science News Line

Voter behaviour influenced by hot weather

Scientific American

People further apart on climate views are often the most educated

The Guardian

Doctors can't ignore politics. Our patients' lives are at stake. Our patients depend on us for their care – we must help them get it, whether that comes in the form of pill or policy


Suffering from the post-eclipse blues? Psychology explains why you feel sad after a big event

The Washington Post

What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here’s what social science says.

The Wire

Why the ‘March for Science’ was about the social sciences as well

The Verge

Science doesn't explain tech's diversity problem - history does