Category: research methods

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…

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…

2023 in review: Rethinking research impact

Research Impact is the ‘raison d’etre’ of the LSE Impact Blog. This review brings together a selection of posts exploring different aspects of impactful research featured on the LSE Impact Blog over the past year. Want to find even mo…

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…

“Why are you not doing research in your home country?” – The complexities of being from and doing research in the Global South

Reflecting on their experiences of being researchers from the Global South working on the Global South from institutions in the Global North, Ilaha Abasli and Ahmed Elassal discuss how established research methods and training need to take account of m…

When more is less – what makes environmental data useful?

Improvements in technology and data processing now enable the effects of air pollution to be monitored by individuals. However, as Dawn Nafus discusses this radical singularisation poses challenges for broad-based community action. From computer vision…

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…

Countermapping – How visualising landscapes of power can unravel dominant development narratives

Maps often represent dominant social, technical and political systems. In this post, Cla Ruzol and Cian Dayrit describe their work ‘Terrains of Power’ and how the creation of counter-maps can be a valuable tool for disrupting and reimagining unequal so…

New approaches to economics research are reshaping how we understand and respond to gender stereotypes

New ways of analysing data from images and text are being used by economists to study discrimination in the labour market. A recent workshop, hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance and the Department of Social Policy at LSE, discussed cutting-ed…