Why the Social Sciences Matter was the focus of a special event staged by its publishers on 19th February 2015 in London, which saw a highly engaged audience hear a series of stimulating speeches prompting them to consider the way in which social science knowledge and detailed studies are a necessary part of any attempt to tackle the grand problems of our age, including climate change. Rigorous studies of culture are especially important in any change. Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS, the lead editor, noted that in order to change corporate behaviour, we need to understand the culture of management; if we are to move from a culture motivated by profit and shareholder returns to one of stewardship, social science is vital to help us understand how this might be achieved. Professor Mike Hulme, professor of climate and culture at King’s College London underlined this need and called for the social sciences to work in tandem with the humanties in seeking this understanding. Alistair Brown, Associate Editor, Nature Climate Change brought the natural science perspective on why social science matters in this debate. A panel discussion chaired by Connie St Louis, a journalist and broadcaster working with City University, saw lively and positive interaction with the audience.
Council member Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS and Chair, Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS, have collaborated to produce this new edited volume, which emphasises the indispensability of the social sciences in improving our understanding of the world today and provides an illuminating look at topics of concern to everyone at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Leading social scientists tackle complex questions such as immigration, unemployment, climate change, war, banks in trouble, and an ageing population.
The book was published in January 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan and all royalties will be donated to the Academy. It was first launched at the President’s Lunch in December and a launch event was held by Palgrave on 19th February 2015.
A flyer offering a 20% discount on the cover price of £19.99 is available here to download (pdf).