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  • Binkie meets the tsar

    Binkie meets the tsarGareth Millward Ronald Ross is sat down next to his wife, Rosa. She is holding a stuffed dog. And they are playing a parlour game with three of their guests – what will malaria research look like in 2015? And how would we get there? One of the advantages of working in a place like the School ...

  • RESAW – The History of the Internet (Conference Report)

    Gareth Millward Back in June, I attended the RESAW conference in Aarhus, Denmark. It was an international gathering of scholars, archivists and practitioners working with material archived from the internet. Since then, I’ve written about various aspects of dealing with web-based sources, including the lack of an established research practice and the exciting-but-methodologically-impractical nature of having ...

  • Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics

    Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics   A new special edition of the Academy of Social Sciences’ journal Contemporary Social Science focuses on international insights into the relationship between evidence and policy, with examples from countries including Australia, India, Estonia and Italy. The importance of context Politicians commonly cite comparative evidence to support their policy proposals but without paying enough attention to historical or ...