By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014
The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers – those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues. It aims to help you find your way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research – signposting you to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process. You might use it for:
- Your own research… To help you write a research proposal, apply for ethics approval, or deal with ethics dilemmas that arise during a project.
- Undergraduate studies… As a resource for students, for research methods assignments or as a basis for tutorial discussions, or in carrying out undergraduate research projects.
- Research supervision … To help your student negotiate ethics at different stages of the research process, and as a tool for reflecting on your responsibilities in relation to ethics in student research.
- Staff development… For training of ethics committee members or research supervisors.
By Kieron L Jones, on 20 March 2014
Researchers and students trying to get to grips with secondary data in the digital age now have some extra guidance to rely on.
The UK Data Service has produced a series of short ‘how to’ video tutorials that demonstrate specific online tasks and skills:
- How to download UK survey data
- How to log in to the Secure Lab
- How to download a subset of survey data using Nesstar
- How to use weights in Nesstar
- How to access census aggregate data in InFuse
- How to match and convert data using GeoConvert
- How to access information about postcodes using GeoConvert
- Creating an intensity map using Google Fusion tables
Each tutorial is just a few minutes long and contains online demonstrations of the task supported with audio explanations, making it easy for users to pause and replay the video as they learn and master the necessary skills. Some may be suitable for classroom use. Additional videos will be released over the coming weeks and months.
In addition, the UK Data Service is making recordings of its past webinars available online for open use. These webinars are live recordings of actual online training events, ranging from 45 to 60 minutes in length and often including participant question-and-answer sessions. Details of the original webinar are included so participants can see in advance the topics covered.
There are three webinars currently posted:
- An introduction to the UK Data Service: Resources for postgraduates
- New and easier ways of working with aggregate data and geographies from UK censuses
- Showcasing the UK Quali Bank online browsing system for qualitative data
All video tutorials and past webinars are free to use, with no registration required. See more at the links below.
UK Data Service video tutorials
UK Data Service past webinars
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