Category: Academic communication

Should a TV drama influence public policy?

ITV’s primetime drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office hastened legislation to compensate sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon scandal, overturning the judicial process after years of legal wrangling. Joseph Owen asks whether it is desirable for n…

Should a TV drama influence public policy?

ITV’s primetime drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office hastened legislation to compensate sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon scandal, overturning the judicial process after years of legal wrangling. Joseph Owen asks whether it is desirable for n…

If journals are to be purged of racist and sexist work, who decides where to draw the line?

Following the resignation of Harvard president Claudine Gay over allegations of plagiarism, questions around research integrity and the integrity of the scholarly record have come to the fore. Till Bruckner argues that loose definitions of research int…

Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge – review

In Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge, Hannah Star Rogers challenges the traditional dichotomy between art and science, arguing that they share common approaches to knowledge-making. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies and using compellin…

The trouble with posting graphs and statistics on social media

Reflecting on a salutary lesson in how not to post statistics on social media, Jonathan Portes discusses the limitations of posting statistics and data visualizations online and how simple visualizations can often take on unintended meanings. When I tw…

The weaponisation of forensic research auditing will not resolve systemic research misconduct

Commenting on the trend for the politically motivated forensic scrutiny of the research records of academics, Till Bruckner argues that singling out individuals in this way has a chilling effect on academic freedom and distracts from efforts to address…

Dashboards have the power to make complex research accessible to the public and policymakers

While researchers often point to the relevance of their research, economic models and econometric methods are typically inaccessible to a wider audience. Gabriel Ahlfeldt explains how interactive dashboards represent a useful, yet underutilised, tool t…

What does it mean to do generous research?

Academia is often thought to function as a reciprocal gift economy, but do its methods and styles always work this way? Rachelle Chadwick draws on her recent research to consider what it means to take generosity as a serious academic position. We norma…

The Museum of Other People: From Colonial Acquisitions to Cosmopolitan Exhibitions – review

In The Museum of Other People: From Colonial Acquisitions to Cosmopolitan Exhibitions, Adam Kuper interrogates the history of anthropological museums and considers questions of colonialism, race, and cultural appropriation around the artefacts they hol…