Social Science in the News

Bloomberg

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.

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.

Scientific American

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

Financial Times

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

Inside Higher Ed

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

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:

Fortune

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

The Guardian

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

The Conversation

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

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.

The Times

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

Nature

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

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.

The Lily

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

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 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.

BBC

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.

NPR

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

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.

The Telegraph

Ah, the last Bank Holiday of the summer:

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.

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

Quartz

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

The Wire

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

The Washington Post

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

The Verge

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

The Independent

The internet is enabling scientists to understand how "collective memory" works

Times Higher Education

We must rescue social science research from obscurity

LSE Media Policy Project Blog

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Inside Higher Ed

The unique challenges of making qualitative research more transparent

Daily Mail

Being into the arts improves wellbeing and makes us more generous

The Guardian

The experts strike back! How economists are being proved right on Brexit

University of Birmingham

The way politicians use language has always been of interest to linguists.

International Business Times

A decade on from the collapse of Northern Rock which heralded the financial crisis in the UK, the productivity trends are still alarming.

Vox

There’s a huge debate going on in social science right now.

The Japan Times

Facilitating mobility from non-regular to regular employment is key to sustainable economic growth. This truth was recognized in the revitalization plan announced by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2014, which included specific measures to improve the working conditions of nonregular workers and help them shift into regular employment.

The Guardian

Those working in the education profession, or associated with it, know that teachers have always had to wear many hats.

The Drum

Most social scientists in the ad world work in market and consumer research or strategy and collect and analyze qualitative, quantitative, demographic and psychographic data for their clients to target campaigns or find out what will appeal to certain people.

Times Higher Education

Ensuring that UK-based researchers can continue to work closely with European partners after Brexit has been described as a “very high priority” by the chief executive designate of the country’s new funding body, but he warned that it was “too early to speculate” about what the future framework for collaboration might look like.

The Guardian

In his robust defence of the current fee regime on 20 July, universities minister Jo Johnson returned to the accelerated degrees which he last mentioned in February.

University of Cambridge

Our lives benefit from social networks: the contact and dialogue between family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Metro

When it comes to health, a new study suggests that marriage no longer gives you much of an advantage.

The Guardian

Pseudo-public spaces – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers – are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.

The Drum

For the first time ever the BBC has revealed just how much it pays its pool of celebrity talent.

This Is Money

Brits working for firms like Uber and Deliveroo in the so-called gig economy could soon be afforded some key employment benefits following the publication of a Government-ordered review on workers' rights.

The London Economic

British businesses must break their silence on the under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) in key roles, according to new research from professional management body the CMI and the British Academy of Management.

BBC

Joy might appear to be my counsellor or my life coach, but the conversation I'm having is actually with a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to track emotions and provide mental health support - all through Facebook Messenger.

Daily Mail

Sometimes we look at social change as a grand idea where we visualise change in global categories of climate and class.

Spectrum News

Scientists are increasingly recognizing a moral imperative to collaborate with the communities they study, and the practical benefits that result.

The Economist

Jack Grieve, a linguist at Birmingham University, uses Twitter to study regional patterns in English.

University of Bristol

Imminent developments such as self-driving vehicles, 5G and virtual reality will require a radical shift in the way our networks perform and how they are maintained.

Social Science Space

Britain’s recent general election has been the first step towards a long-overdue public debate on the social consequences of austerity and growing socio-economic inequality.

Financial Times

Previously, most social science was based on little more than informed guesswork given the messiness of the world and the imperfections of underlying data.

Washington Post

Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber are the authors of “The Enigma of Reason,” a new book from Harvard University Press.

The Guardian

The cost of higher education is rising perilously.

The Atlantic

Over the past decade, most researchers have trended away from climate doomsdayism.

The Telegraph

The word "millennial" has become synonymous with the young - but evidence suggests that they are starting to reject it.

Sciencemag

With billions of users and hundreds of billions of tweets and posts every year, social media has brought big data to social science.

Business Insider

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and lobby group TheCityUK published a blueprint for transforming the UK's financial sector post-Brexit on Thursday.

The Conversation

The surprising results of the 2017 election were strongly related to both age and education, with university students one of most heavily Labour-leaning groups.

Times Higher Education

The June general election in the UK has put student finance squarely back on the political agenda. The Labour Party’s election promise to abolish tuition fees proved popular with young voters, presumably particularly with young students and graduates.

Wonkhe

On the fourth floor of London’s 1 Victoria Street, a science-based start-up is in the throes of being born. Under the watchful eye of Sir Mark Walport, its CEO-designate, and Rebecca Endean, its strategy director, a twenty-strong team of BEIS officials and secondees from existing funding agencies are hard at work translating part three of the freshly-minted Higher Education & Research Act into operational reality.

Care Appointments

A new research project led by academics at the University of Sheffield will examine potential sustainable solutions to the ongoing crisis within the UK’s social care system.

The Independent

Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the result of widespread anti-immigration sentiment, rather than a wider dissatisfaction with politics, according to a major survey of social attitudes in the UK.

The Conversation

Starting on July 1, the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) will no longer give ministers and officials a sneak peek at its statistics before they are made public.

The Times

You know those police dramas, where the detective stares at a clue for ages before suddenly realising he was looking in the wrong place and missing the real story?

The Conversation

Wacky job titles aren’t new.

City AM

The need for decisive action to tackle online extremism is clear.

Science Daily

Social media can be an invaluable source of information for police when managing major disruptive events, new research from Cardiff University has shown.

BBC

About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed.

Times Higher Education

The results of the 2017 teaching excellence framework (TEF) have been released, with more than 130 UK universities and other higher education institutions being awarded gold, silver or bronze ratings for the quality of their teaching.

Spectator

In his forthcoming book, The Case Against Education, economist Bryan Caplan argues that most education does not really add human capital or skills commensurate with its time or cost.

University of York

Whilst there has been much debate on the ethics of using social media posts in research, a comprehensive search of studies from around the globe only identified 11 that have explored the views of social media users on employing such research methods, and as few as six which considered the views of researchers.

The Telegraph

police commissioner has suggested that civilians with gun licences could be allowed to use private weapons to defend their community against terrorists, in comments that have been rejected by a senior officer.

Times Higher Education

This has been a strange election. First, it was ruled out; then it was called.

The Guardian

Government talk about an economy that “works for all” skims over how that can be achieved. It rarely means “for all regions”, since the UK’s social and economic structure is not evenly spread across the country.

Pacific Standard

Alexander Peysakhovich is technically a behavioral economist, but he bristles a bit at being defined that narrowly.

BBC

The cost of childcare can be crippling for families, with an average part-time nursery place now costing up to £6,000 a year.

University of Cambridge

A new pilot project, designed by a Cambridge researcher and supported by the Nature family of journals, will evaluate the value of sharing the code behind published research.

Times Higher Education

Universities should encourage their academics to patent rather than publish their research so that it has the greatest impact on society, according to a university vice-president.

The Independent

The Conservatives have used “sleight of hand” to justify grammar school expansion plans in their party manifesto, a senior academic has claimed. According to the election manifesto, credible research shows “slightly more children from ordinary working class families attend selective schools as a percentage of the school intake compared to non-selection schools”.

IFS

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have all announced commitments for NHS spending in their manifestos.

Phys.org

New research shows how reducing carbon emissions can prevent billions of people from being exposed to unheard-of changes in climate in the coming decades.