2023 Just Tech Fellowship Application Info Webinar Recording

The SSRC’s Just Tech program is seeking applications for the third cohort of its Just Tech Fellowship for the 2024–26 period. This informational webinar was recorded on November 17 to provide those interested with relevant information regarding the application process and fellowship. Learn more and apply to the Just Tech Fellowship here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The last day to submit Full Application Materials is January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Event Recording —– The SSRC’s Just Tech program foregrounds questions of power, equity, and the public impact of new technologies, investigating evidence of bias …

Now accepting applications for the 2024-2026 Just Tech Fellows cohort

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce that we are seeking applicants for the third cohort of the Just Tech Fellowship. The Just Tech fellowships support diverse cohorts of creators as they imagine and build more just, equitable, and representative technological futures, pursuing innovative technological solutions that advance social, political, and economic rights. Fellows receive two-year awards of $100,000 annually, supplementary funding packages to subsidize additional expenses, and seed funding to work on collaborative projects with other Just Tech Fellows.

What Have Megastudies Taught Us about Successfully Encouraging Increased Vaccination?

In this lecture, Professor Milkman will discuss three massive field experiments testing dozens of different ways of encouraging increased vaccination. First, she will discuss a “megastudy” encouraging flu vaccination at doctor’s appointments among 47,306 patients of two large U.S. health systems in which 42 scientists worked in teams to design a total of 19 different text reminders using a variety of different behavioral science principles.

Social Science Research Council launches Research AMP platform 

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the public launch of the Research AMP platform, a free, open-source technology for building scholarly communities, collecting research, and sharing insights with new audiences. Research AMP lowers barriers to the dissemination of public scholarship and fills the need to put credible, accessible, and comprehensive scholarship in the hands of expert and lay audiences. 

What Conventional Wisdom Gets Wrong About Political Polarization

In this lecture, Professor David Broockman explores how Americans are politically polarized, why–and why not–this matters, and potential solutions. Professor Broockman discusses how his research has challenged conventional wisdom on: (1) to what extent Americans’ frustrations with government result from politicians being too extreme, (2) to what extent voters’ dislike of each other–so-called affective polarization–contributes to the nation’s political challenges, and (3) how we all can have more productive and persuasive conversations with our political rivals.

Exploring the economic impacts of university research: a new National Science Foundation partnership

A new collaboration between the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) at the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan, the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) at The Ohio State University, and the Social Science Research Council will build a prototype data infrastructure to enable stakeholders to track the flow of grant-funded scientific talent from universities into regional economies.

Building an Evidence Base for Climate Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and facilitating adaptation to climate change requires effective public investments, yet many policies and programs lack crucial evidence of their effectiveness. In low and middle income countries, the cost of putting resources toward ineffective policies is particularly high. This talk discusses two recent randomized controlled trials aimed at filling the evidence gap. The first tests novel approaches to reduce agricultural emissions in India. The second improves smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate shocks in Niger. Findings highlight the need for piloting before scaling up policy — in both projects, cost effectiveness was improved through innovative policy design.

What Can Linked Administrative Data Sets Teach Us About Eviction And Poverty In America?

The report leading to the creation of the SSRC in 1923 outlined several major challenges for social science: data collection, interpretation, measurement, and causality. This lecture will explore the extent to which newly available administrative datasets — linked together to create what is sometimes referred to as “big data” — can help address these challenges and contribute to our understanding of the causes and consequences of eviction and poverty in the United States. The lecture will draw heavily on a study of eviction in Chicago and New York, which is joint work with Robert Collinson, John Eric Humphries, Nick Mader, Davin Reed and Daniel Tannenbaum.

Introducing the African Peacebuilding Network’s and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa’s 2023 Fellows

Each year, the African Peacebuilding Network (APN)–Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) program selects a new cohort of fellows for its highly competitive fellowships. This year, the APN awarded 17 Individual Research Fellowships (IRF), while Next Gen awarded 38 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and 6 Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowships. Among the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, 8 are Dissertation Proposal fellows, 14 are Dissertation Research fellows, and 16 are Dissertation Completion fellows.

Announcing the 2023 cohort of Arts Research with Communities of Color Fellows

The Social Science Research Council is thrilled to announce the awardees of the Arts Research with Communities of Color Fellowship. Congratulations to Amanda Boston, J.V. Decemvirale, Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, siri gurudev hernández, kt shorb, Silvia Rodriguez Vegam, and Jaleesa Renee Wells!  This diverse cohort of researchers will conduct 12-month qualitative-ethnographic studies in collaboration with select organizations participating in The Wallace Foundation’s arts initiative. We look forward to your insights from these novel and exciting partnerships.