ACSPRI Conferences, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2014

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Valuing the social sciences. An agenda for hard times.

Peter Davis

Building: Holme Building
Room: Cullen Room
Date: 2014-12-08 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-31


It is clear that current policy settings in the tertiary sector - including research funding - favour the STEM subjects (science (including medicine), technology, engineering and mathematics). This is not unique to Australia and New Zealand. This seminar will outline various potential strategies that the social sciences - including political science - can deploy in a programme of regrouping, renewal and response. In particular, I will draw on the findings of a recently published book, "The Impact of the Social Sciences", by Simon Bastow and colleagues. While this book is UK-focussed, their work has broader application. Although the tenor of my argument will be influenced by my experience of working in a predominantly applied and research-intensive setting, I believe there are lessons and discussion points for the wider academic agenda of the social sciences.