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Sympathy for the Neo-Liberal Devil

By Steve Fuller Special Section on the Future of Research Governance Where We Are Now The UK government has asked its Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to make a £450 million cut in its budget for this year (and presumably for the foreseeable future). All state-funded academic activity – both education (‘skills’) and research (‘innovation’) […]

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On the Impact of ‘Impact’

By Robert Frodeman Special Section on the Future of Research Governance How can we best frame our thinking about the Research Excellence Framework? James Wilsdon doesn’t think it should come from some hypothetical universe where researchers happily pursue their work unimpeded by nosy outsiders (a world that never existed in any case). Rather, we need […]

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The Humanities in an Age of Impact

By Kelli Barr and Samantha Langsdale Special Section on the Future of Research Governance How do the humanities stand today? Even a brief survey of recent news regarding the changing landscape of the humanities reveals a noticeable “crisis motif”. The humanities are clearly on the defensive against closures and budget cuts made in the name of […]

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The Contested Value of Social Science in a Digital Culture

Special Section on the Future of Research Governance By Ziyad Marar Social science seems constantly bedevilled by a mixed press. On the one hand we see its value proclaimed loud and clear such as in the this year’s Campaign for Social Science punchy report ‘The Business of People’ or by figures in the natural and physical […]

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