Category: LSE Comment

A ranking for interdisciplinarity is a poor measure for the quality of research and teaching in universities

Few academics, students or policymakers would dispute the value of addressing societal problems by setting them in the context of ‘the dynamic relationship’ between different disciplines. Christopher Daley and Linda Hantrais argue that interdisciplinar…

Rigorous, open-access analysis and data can drive business towards net zero

Achieving a net zero transition requires co-ordination and concerted effort by multiple stakeholders across the economy, including investors. Discussing the Transition Pathway Initiative at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE, Carmen Nuzzo explores …

Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do about It – review

In Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do about It, Erica Thompson explores how mathematical models are used in contexts that affect our everyday lives – from finance to climate change to health policy – a…

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…

How to navigate the challenges of corporate-academia research partnerships

Many research projects draw on sources of funding from the corporate world. Fola Adeleke discusses the challenges inherent to this kind of research and outlines three key considerations for researchers engaging with corporate partners.   Corporate-acad…

As cOAlition S consults on the future of community based scholarly publishing – it is time for social sciences and humanities to have their say

Reflecting on the open consultation into the future of community based scholarly publishing being run by cOAlition S, Niamh Tumelty outlines issues for the social sciences and humanities and invites readers to make their own contribution to the consult…

Who is the better forecaster: humans or generative AI?

The ability to forecast and predict future events with a degree of accuracy is central to many professional occupations. Utilising a prediction competition between human and AI forecasters, Philipp Schoenegger and Peter S. Park, assess their relative a…

Get Happier – podcasting made simple

Discussing the launch of his new podcast series ‘Get Happier’, Paul Dolan argues for the underrated power of checklists and mnemonics and shows how they can be applied through the medium of podcasting. I’ve just launched a new podcast mini-series calle…

Using AI for social benefit – WeNet and community focused social media

The internet has proven to be a successful mechanism at finding social and cultural commonalities across space and time, but what would an internet based on highlighting diversity look like and what social dynamics would this create? Reporting findings…