HASS Engagement & Impact

This collection features resources about the important role of humanities, arts and social science (HASS) research and its contribution to society. We welcome further relevant content in this collection. Please contact editors@apo.org.au

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The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) is the authoritative agency on research, teaching and learning for the HASS sector in Australian and New Zealand universities.
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HASS Engagement & Impact

Blog post

07 Dec 2015

John Jerrim and Robert de Vries argue a radical overhaul is needed of how social science is published and produced for it to provide a helpful basis for public policy. More progress is needed in particular over the lack of transparency of the research process, publication bias for positive...

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Research report

04 Dec 2015

The State of Australian University Research 2015–16: Volume 2 Institutional Insights looks at selected topics to provide further understanding of the state of Australian university research.

With three rounds of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) now complete, the ERA...

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Research report

04 Dec 2015

Ccomprehensively details the quality of Australian university research benchmarked against world standards. It identifies the excellence in research across a broad range of universities and the outstanding performances in areas of specialisation. Overall the quality of Australian university...

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Research report

27 Nov 2015

Examines innovation initiatives in 14 nations and finds a clear link between national policy and performance.

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There is an identified urgent need for Australia to improve the application of outputs from its investment in publicly funded research. Utilising...

Submission

20 Nov 2015

In order to be competitive domestically and internationally, Australia needs to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge required for employment in their various fields. The quality of our higher education providers has a direct impact on the quality of our students. While there are many...

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Book

30 Sep 2015

The collection of essays brings together leading social scientists from the Asia-Pacific region. We argue for the benefit of dialogue between the diverse theories and methods of social sciences in the region, the role of the social sciences in addressing real-world problems, the need to...

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Journal article

28 Sep 2015

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Quantitative social science (QSS) has the potential to make an important contribution to public policy. However it also has a number of limitations. The aim of this paper is to explain these limitations to a non-specialist audience and to identify a number of...

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Audio presentation

Slides

24 Sep 2015

On 24 September 2015 Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA and Dr Kylie Brass presented a paper at the Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) annual conference in Adelaide on the work of the Mapping HASS report one year on. Audio and powerpoint of the presentations...

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Case studies

17 Sep 2015

Australia’s humanities scholars contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of the nation in a multitude of ways.

Research in disciplines such as history, philosophy, archaeology, literature, linguistics and the classics seeks to illuminate the human condition as well as to bring imagination...

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Research report

10 Sep 2015

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This new paper from the Centre for the Analyisis of Social Media at Demos and Ipsos MORI argues that whilst social media platforms offer powerful new ways of understanding society, they are often researched poorly, with little examination of the extent to which...

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Conference proceedings

07 Sep 2015

The 24th National Scholarly Communications Forum was held on 7 September 2015 at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The forum discussed the future of scholarly communication and publishing in the digital era and its impact on scholarly and institutional behaviour. It...

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Slides

07 Sep 2015

What gets counted (and what doesn't) in scholarly publishing these days? And how does this impact on academic research?

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Submission

31 Aug 2015

The current research training system (RTS) seems to be working reasonably well, producing high quality and innovative researchers in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH). One challenge that the sector faces is ensuring the appropriateness of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholarship...

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Discussion paper

Submission

31 Jul 2015

DASSH supports the Program’s objectives set out on page 3 of the guidelines, especially in regard to the creation of “a wide range of quality arts and cultural experiences” as well as the focus on developing arts and cultural initiatives and on ensuring access to the arts for all Australians....

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Submission

31 Jul 2015

Introduction

We agree that the sciences are an integral part of our society and our economy and that a robust strategy to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capacity, at all levels, is required to ensure Australia remains competitive and...

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Research report

15 Jul 2015

The National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC) is a national survey on the research engagement and commercialisation activities of publicly funded research organisations in Australia. It is the primary source of information on the publicly funded research sector’s efforts to...

Research report

15 Jul 2015

Executive summary

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. The review was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of...

Submission

13 Jul 2015

While DASSH recognises that there are a number of strengths and weaknesses with the current grants, fellowships and awards and other programmes delivered by the OLT, we question the need for a new learning and teaching institute especially as there was no indication that the OLT was not...

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Guide

02 Jul 2015

The National Program for Excellence in the Arts announced in the 2015-16 Budget will commence in early 2015-16. The draft guidelines for the Program have been released for public comment. Feedback is invited from the arts sector and broader community.

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Submission

22 May 2015

Australia has long been seen as a favoured destination for international students. The high quality of our education, and the appeal of the Australian lifestyle has attracted more than 2.5 million international students to our shores over the past half century. As our largest services export, it...

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