Interview: Max Carlin and Henry Giroux: The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism

Copyright, Reprinted with permission Is there a chance to defeat the forces of neoliberal fascism? Henry A. Giroux explains why we must understand the historical and contemporary context of fascism to understand what we are up against. Mark Karlin: Why is it important to have an historical understanding of fascism to shed light on the age of Trump? Henry A. Giroux: The conditions leading to fascism… Read more
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Māori Researcher Article of the Week: Do household living arrangements explain gender and ethnicity differences in receipt of support services? Findings from LiLACS NZ Māori and non-Māori advanced age cohorts by Lapsley, Kerse, Moyes, Keeling, Muru-Lanning, Wiles, and Jatrana

Services providing practical support are a key component in the spectrum of social care assisting older people to age in place. Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu/Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ), a longitudinal study of Māori and non-Māori in advanced age, aims to determine predictors of successful ageing and to understand trajectories of health and wellbeing.… Read more

National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities research piece of the week: Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities

This book outlines the latest thinking about the preferences people have for their urban life, the patterns of urban development in Aotearoa, and the possibilities for our cities in the future. It takes a systems view, where all the components that make up the city are interlinked, so that a decision to change one aspect of the urban fabric can also affect other parts of the city system. Where we choose to build new houses… Read more

Book Review: A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism by Kean Birch

Neoliberalism has become a term that is more often used than fully understood in academic discussions, popular writings on the economy and/or the news media. There is a large and growing library of books on the subject, yet still students from undergraduate to PhD level, as well as academics and other commentators, use the term as if we all knew what it meant, and as a catch-all prejudicial accusation levelled at any aspect… Read more
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John Ross: Australian universities fear cuts to funded postgraduate places

Australian universities fear further cuts to their publicly funded student numbers. Following the freezing last December of government funding for bachelor’s degrees, which leaves institutions looking to expand or even maintain student numbers facing a cut in real-terms funding, an education department discussion paper now proposes fresh approaches to the allocation of Commonwealth-supported places,… Read more
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Early Career Researcher Advice Article of the Week: Narrative of ideas by Jonathan O’Donnell

I’ve just been reading a Fellowship application. The applicant is brilliant. She has a great project idea that is urgently needed, and had excellent potential to lead to both theoretical developments and real changes in practice. I was excited to read her application, because she has done great stuff in the past. She has an amazing international network, both in her research field and across academia generally.… Read more

Open Access Research Article of the Week: Citizen Initiatives in the Post-Welfare State by da Silva, Horlings, and Figueiredo

Recently we have seen the emergence of citizen-led community initiatives and civic enterprises, taking over governmental tasks in providing public services in various sectors, such as energy, care, landscape maintenance, and culture. This phenomenon can be explained by a renewed interest in community, place, and ‘local identity’; the erosion of the welfare state; the privatization of public services;… Read more

Michael Cameron: Meta loss aversion

Back in August, this article in The Conversation pointed me to this article by David Gal (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Derek Rucker (Northwestern), published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology (sorry I don’t see an ungated version anywhere). Loss aversion is the idea that people value losses much more than equivalent gains (in other words, we like to avoid losses much more than we like to… Read more
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Crosby and Diclemente: A better way to prevent the spread of HIV

HIV prevention is now focused on finding at least 90% of the existing cases, putting at least 90% of those people in HIV treatment, and keeping the virus from multiplying in the body among 90% of those people retained in care (known as durable viral suppression). Despite these admirable goals, known as the United Nations’ “90-90-90” programme, HIV transmission rates have not declined since 2011. “The power… Read more
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Tjitske Holtrop: The evaluative inquiry: a new approach to research evaluation

Academic evaluation regimes set up to quantify the quality of research, individual scholars, and institutions have been widely criticised for the detrimental effects they have on academic environments and on knowledge production itself. Max Fochler and Sarah de Rijcke recently called for a more exploratory, less standardised way of doing research evaluation, with the introduction of the concept of the … Read more
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