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
Charlottesville riot

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
University of Melbourne

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
Diagram of Prospect theory

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
Blocks spelling out HIV and AIDS

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
Evaluation diagram

Farida Mustafazade: Using social science data to solve a social housing problem

When I graduated from my master’s degree in financial mathematics from University College London, I started working as a research intern at a real estate development company, where I developed an interest in housing data analytics. I soon wanted to be in an environment where I could develop quicker as an analyst. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme provided a unique opportunity. I’m currently working… Read more
residential street in the UK

Joyce Harper: World’s first gene-edited babies? Premature, dangerous and irresponsible

A scientist in China claims to have produced the world’s first genome-edited babies by altering their DNA to increase their resistance to HIV. Aside from the lack of verifiable evidence for this non peer-reviewed claim, this research is premature, dangerous and irresponsible. He Jiankui from the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen (which has reportedly since suspended him) said he edited… Read more
He Jiankui, scientist who edited the twins' genes

Rachel Pells: Social science doctoral training centres not working, says report

UK academics have called for an urgent review of the running and funding of doctoral training centres for postgraduate students, amid claims that the schemes are ineffective and unsustainable. Publishing a report on the impact of the Economic and Social Research Council’s doctoral training policy – which requires universities to bid for funding to establish new training centres – researchers from Liverpool… Read more
Sinking piggy bank

Catherine Baker: Colonialism does connect Britain, the EU and Bosnia – but Britain is not being treated like a colony

Daniel Hannan MEP is not the first to compare the European Union’s role in international governance in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina to the exercise of colonial rule. Writing for Conservative Home on 14 November, the day Theresa May sought the approval of her cabinet on the UK’s draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, Hannan joined other pro-Leave critics of the agreement by arguing that it would leave… Read more
19th century ad for British Empire goods

Karen Sternheimer: What is a Ghetto?

When I ask students this question, they often dance around the answer. “A place where low-income people live,” is a common response. “Somewhere that isn’t very nice,” is another. But when I ask where this term comes from, few know. The term is one we might avoid now, as ghetto might be seen as a derogatory word used to describe a low-income neighborhood in the central part of a U.S. city. Sometimes the term is… Read more
Ferentari ghetto, Bucharest