By Kieron L Jones, on 27 February 2014
Researchers from UK universities and research institutes now have a powerful new channel to get visibility for research underpinned by secondary data.
The Conversation is a fast-growing, independent and non-profit source of data-driven news.
It was established in the UK as a charitable organisation with support from academic funders HEFCE, HEFCW and the Scottish Funding Council along with Research Councils UK and several independent research foundations. Twenty UK universities have added their support as founding partners. The site currently features articles from experts at 113 universities and other academic institutions across the UK.
Academic researchers who use data from the UK Data Service may find The Conversation an especially helpful place to:
- gain visibility for their work
- share their expert knowledge with those who shape public policy
- stimulate debates on issues of interest to wider society
Contributing authors receive a photo byline and short bio, along with access to a suite of behind-the-scenes analytics to better understand the volume and diversity of each article’s readers – a handy and visual way to demonstrate impact.
The editorial process is transparent, online, and guided by trained journalists who have worked at leading publications including The Guardian, The Economist, Reuters and The Observer. The editors are also open to working with academic authors on better ways of visualising the data they use.
The Conversation UK website is organised into themes including:
- business and economy
- politics and society
- science and technology
- health and medicine
In addition, articles are indexed by individual topics, with the option for readers to subscribe to topics of personal or professional interest. Articles filed under the Hard Evidence topic are specifically written by academics with a body of published work who ‘use research evidence to tackle the trickiest public policy questions’.
There are several ways to get involved:
- sign up to the newsletter: get a flavour of the kind of articles featured in The Conversation
- pitch an idea: describe an article you’d like to write in 100 words or less – or suggest a colleague who might have the expertise to contribute
- become an author: set up an academic account and submit an article
Researchers who write articles based on data from the UK Data Service are encouraged to cite their data to acknowledge the data source, make it easier for others to find, and to encourage more secondary analysis. For more on how (and why) to cite research data, see the ESRC’s guidance Data citation: What you need to know.
To learn more:
By Kieron L Jones, on 21 February 2014
Freedom, responsibility and economics of the person / Jérôme Ballet … [et al.]. London : Routledge, 2014.
ECONOMICS D 30 BAL
Asian tigers, African lions : comparing the development performance of Southeast Asia and Africa / e Leiden : Brill, 2013.
ECONOMICS D 30 BER
Nell, Edward J. Rational econometric man : transforming structural econometrics / Edward J. Nell, Karim Errouaki ; w Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2013.
ECONOMICS R 15 NEL
Public sector shock : the impact of policy retrenchment in Europe / edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehe Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ; Geneva : International Labour Office, c2013.
ECONOMICS T 55 VAV
Miller, Karen Johnston. Making and managing public policy / Karen Johnston Miller and Duncan McTavish. London : Routledge, 2014.
PUBLIC POLICY H 97 MIL
Bridge, Simon. Understanding the social economy and the third sector / Simon Bridge, Brendan Murtagh & Ken O’Neill. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
PUBLIC POLICY HM 548 BRI
Dunleavy, Patrick. Growing the productivity of government services / Patrick Dunleavy, Leandro Carrera. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JN 318 DUN
Boydstun, Amber E., 1977- Making the news : politics, the media, and agenda setting / Amber E. Boydstun. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY PN 4888 BOY
By Kieron L Jones, on 23 January 2014
UCL has a trial to YouGov Reports until 23rd April 2014.
For further details, please view the UCL Library Electronic Resources Blog post at: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-ejournal/2014/01/23/yougov-reports/
By Kieron L Jones, on 17 January 2014
A very useful bibliography from EUI of the latest research publications covering the origins of the global financial & economic crisis, empirical and narrative works, finance and banking, risk, derivatives and hedge funds, regulation, central banking and economic governance, the crisis in Europe and the Eurozone labour market and socio-economic aspects, ethical aspects, new comparative and historical literature (since January 2008), prospective and normative works – implications and aftermath, and research and methodological implications.
By Kieron L Jones, on 17 December 2013
The economic downturn and recent signs of recovery in the UK raises urgent questions about how we can move to a more stable form of growth that will be and sustainable over the long term. Reliance on unsustainable resources and an adherence to traditional forms of economic growth are placing the UK in a fragile position and undermining our capacity for leadership in innovation. Bold action is required to steer the UK towards a pathway of green growth and thus towards a green economy.
The report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission argues that the time is right to move towards a green economy. It provides a synthesis of recent research and evidence in this area, and explores the high-level policies and frameworks necessary to achieve this, making a number of significant policy recommendations. This event will offer an opportunity to hear about the main findings and recommendations as well as a lively panel discussion focusing on some of the major challenges in achieving a green economy as well as considering the possible responses.
Chaired by Gus O’Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service
Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy
Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change
Followed by a drinks reception
Book your ticket to the launch event on 24 February 2014 from 5pm-8pm.
The UCL Green Economy Policy Commision
The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, chaired by Professor Paul Ekins, brought together a diverse group of academics with expertise in economics, the built environment, engineering, political science, innovation, and resource efficiency to consider how the UK might implement policies that will support a ‘green economy’. By applying knowledge and perspectives across disciplines, it seeks to offer a novel approach to a complex public policy challenge.
By Kieron L Jones, on 16 December 2013
Locke, Richard M., 1959- The promise and limits of private power : promoting labor standards in a global economy / Richard M. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS H 10 LOC
Ramalingam, Ben. Aid on the edge of chaos : rethinking international cooperation in a complex world / Ben Ramalingam. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS H 45 RAM
Walter, Carl E., 1947- Red capitalism : the fragile financial foundation of China’s extraordinary rise / Carl E. Walter and Singapore : John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., 2012.
ECONOMICS L 89 WAL
Chasek, Pamela S., 1961- Global environmental politics / Pamela S. Chasek, David L. Downie, Janet Welsh Brown. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2014.
PUBLIC POLICY GE 170 CHA
Graaf, Thijs van de. The politics and institutions of global energy governance / Thijs Van de Graaf. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY HD 9502 GRA
Dunn, William N. Public policy analysis / Dunn. Harlow : Pearson, c2014.
PUBLIC POLICY QUARTOS H 61 DUN
By Kieron L Jones, on 9 December 2013
“UCL Library Services are working to improve the study environment. As part of a phased plan to upgrade furniture, we are replacing the Main Library 2nd floor History [including Public Policy] mismatched tables which have been collected over the years, with tables in keeping with the historical nature of the building. Any original Richardson tables (with the leather tops) are being retained. This work will also result in a modest increase in numbers of study places in the corridor.
On Monday 16/12, defunct tables will be removed. From Tuesday 17/12, the new tables (which will also have power sockets for laptop users) will be installed and connected to the building’s electrics. Work will be completed by Friday 20/12.
Provision is being made for table-top lighting, which will be added to the new tables in future.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will enjoy the new facilities.”
By Kieron L Jones, on 6 December 2013
UCL has a trial to CountryWatch until 4th January 2013. For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS.
CountryWatch provides critical country-specific intelligence and data through its suite of products:
- Country Reviews- features reports covering each county’s historical, political, economic, social, demographic, business and environmental issues
- Country Wire- provides access to real-time, full-text news articles for each country
- CountryWatch Data- contains macroeconomic, economic, health, demographic, cultural, sociological and environmental statistics
- Map Gallery- contains over 170 thematic maps covering cultural, economic, macroeconomic, environment and indicators
By Kieron L Jones, on 28 November 2013
The Oxford handbook of political psychology / edited by Leonie Huddy, David O. Sears and Jack S. Lev Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JA 74 HUD
Transitions to democracy : a comparative perspective / edited by Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JC 489 STO
Schedler, Andreas, 1964- The politics of uncertainty : sustaining and subverting electoral authoritarianism / Andreas Schedle Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JC 495 SCH
Russell, Meg. The contemporary House of Lords : Westminster bicameralism revived / Meg Russell. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
PUBLIC POLICY JN 621 RUS
Fleurbaey, Marc. Beyond GDP : measuring welfare and assessing sustainability / Marc Fleurbaey and Didier Blanchet. Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2013.
ECONOMICS D 30 FLE
Great expectations, slow transformations : incremental change in post-crisis regulation / edited by Colchester : ECPR Press, 2013.
ECONOMICS J 44 MOS
Hassan, Kabir. Introduction to Islamic banking & finance : principles and practice / M. Kabir Hassan, Rasem N. Kaye Harlow : Pearson, c2013.
ECONOMICS J 56 HAS
Cato, Molly Scott. The bioregional economy : land, liberty and the pursuit of happiness / Molly Scott Cato. London : Routledge, 2013.
ECONOMICS N 35 CAT
By Kieron L Jones, on 8 November 2013
The new World Bank eLibrary is being developed as a timesaving service for researchers, lecturers, other expert users and students who need to access and work with World Bank research in a more convenient and effective way than what is possible when accessing World Bank free online content. The World Bank is currently inviting a number of organisations to have complimentary evaluation access of the eLibrary until 31st Dec. 2013. This invitation has been extended to UCL.
The World Bank eLibrary can be found here: http://elibrary.worldbank.org/ (accessible only on-site or via web WTS)
For an overview and quick introduction, the following links may be of use: Overview of User Tools, Using eLibrary.