According to my research, the social sciences are now a significant industry in the UK. They generate PS23.4bn per year. However, subjects like sociology, business law, and politics are not given the recognition. They deserve for their contributions to the UK’s labor market and service economy. Direct spending on university social sciences is just over a tenth, at PS2.7bn per year.

We must also consider the indirect economic benefits that social science departments receive when procuring goods or services. And the multiplier effects of wages of social scientists on the rest of society. These increase the contribution of university social sciences to the economy to PS4.8bn per year. According to new research in The Impact of the Social Sciences. A new analysis by Times Higher Education shows. That the number of social science students and thus staff has been increasing steadily.

Spending by companies, government and non-governmental organizations, as well as media, accounts for the PS19.4bn annual impact. These 380,000 social scientists are qualified post-graduates in analysis and professional occupations. We can only estimate the amount these organisations spend on translating and mediating. Social sciences research due to limitations in labor force statistics.

Nearly 180,000 professionals work in government and public service (costing PS8.7bn per year); 170,000 analysts and translators in finance institutions (costing PS9.8bn per year). Our research also revealed that 40,000 professionals work in the consulting industry, which costs PS1bn per year. Half of this goes to the public sector. Research on the careers of social scientists graduates has shown that 84% of them are employed 3.5 years after they graduate, as opposed to 78% for science graduates.

STEM The Flow Sciences

The booming sector of social sciences is based on two basic factors. The UK is primarily a services-based economy. Services account for four fifths of the economic value-added. The social science disciplines are closely connected to the services industries in many dimensions. However, most efforts from the science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), disciplines in the UK continue to be focused on the shrinking UK manufacturing base.

STEM research is a critical part of productizing services. For example, websites that allow people to book flights and not rely on travel agents or devices that allow them to check their blood pressure at the comfort of their own homes without the need for a doctor. However, even in this area, social science knowledge is crucial to determine what works and what doesn’t. For example, which types of people are able or unable to reliably monitor their blood pressure?

We live on a globalizing and intensely researched planet. Human-dominated systems, such as cities, states, markets, and physical networks, are increasingly the center of attention. Social scientists are collaborating with most of the applied STEM disciplines, including medicine, health sciences, IT, and software engineering, to study these systems.

The rising importance of social sciences in studying “human-influenced system has also been important. This broad category now covers virtually all processes around the world. With increasing human population, nearly everything that is earthbound has been influence by humans. Consider, for example, how fossil fuel emissions are affecting global climate systems. Understanding social, political, and economic dynamics is key to mitigation efforts.

Polarization Of STEM

The old polarization of STEM and social science is rapidly disappearing. Recent changes have accelerated this change as social sciences in the digital age also include and adapt key STEM science methodologies, such as big data analysis, more randomised control trials, experiments, and systematic review.

There is still one vulnerability. According to our research, the research shows that research funding from both government and the private sector as well as charity is heavily bias towards STEM sciences. These sciences receive 4/5ths of all research funding.

The UK government is still relying on outdated techno-nationalist misconceptions about the sources of economic growth. The UK private sector is more focused on short-term bottom line factors, and other things that can give firms a comparative advantage.

Social science, with its collective-research progression mode, is not able to offer breakthroughs or patentable innovations in this area. Social sciences receive just over half the total research funding that goes to STEM

Over a third of the UK’s 67,000 STEM scientists are employ in research-only positions, which allow them to focus all their energies on improving knowledge. Only one in nine social scientists has a job that is research-only. The vast majority of them must also teach.

A Delicate Weave Jhini bini Chadariya, is a documentary that takes place in Kachchh in Gujarat, Western India. It follows four musical journeys that all affirm religious diversity, syncretism, love of the others, and love of each other in a country with religious politics that often divides communities.

These remarkable musicians and singers, drawing on the musical and poetic traditions of Saint Kabir of Benaras 1689-1752 and Shah Abdul Latif Bithai of Sindh 1689-1752, are a testimony to the fact that these oral traditions and compassion are being passed from generation to generation.

It can take many forms. A group of young men meet every night in Bhujodi (a village near Bhuj), to sing devotional songs. All of them are weavers and share a special bond to Kabir, who is also a weaver. Naranbhai, a carpet weaver by trade, is their mentor. He also teaches community archivists and spends his free time annotating and recording this collection of devotional music.

Delicate Folk Music Performances

Through their folk music performances, the women of Lakhpat (an ancient port near the border between India & Pakistan), subvert gender norms. They are the first women from Kachchh to perform publicly – and it has transformed their lives.

Noor Mohammad, a master flautist hailing from Bhuj, has been playing the double flute jodiyapawa for over 25 years. He has performed in India as well as overseas. In the hope of continuing this tradition, he has just started teaching his skills to three young people.

Jiant Khan, 60 years old, lives in the Banni grasslands. He meets people from far-flung villages every other week to sing the lyrics of the Sufi poet Shah Bhitai using the musical Waee form. This is a style that originated in the northwest of India and was performed with string instruments. Five years ago, only three Indians could sing this rare and ethereal form. Now there are eight.

These passionate musicians continue to weave this delicate web, dedicated to Naranbhai’s project of breaking down the wall walls built up by the politics of hatred and intolerance of current times.

Pastoralists Delicate Live In Harmony

Our team, from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, has been making video documentaries of the music of pastoral community members, in the region of Kachchh, Gujarat, since 2008. Our three films as a result: Do Din Ka Mela A Two-Day Fair, So Heddan So Hoddan, (Like Here Like There), and A Delicate Weave.

In 2002, Gujarat saw ethnic violence against Muslim minorities in the state. More than 2000 people were kill in this incident. Kachchh, although a part Gujarat, was not affect by the violence. We were inspire by the socio-cultural fabric of Kachchh that makes it an island of peace in the sea of intolerance. So we began a process to document the Sufi traditions that are an integral part the lives of the pastoralists who live there.

The region is rich in nomadic pastoralism, and many communities have moved from Kachchh across the salt desert known to be the Great Rann Of Kachchhh to Sindh now in Pakistan with their cattle and camels in search for pastures. This was a tradition of rotational migration.

Over millenia, this movement resulted in strong kinships and trade ties among Hindu and Muslim pastoral or Maldhari communities of Kachchh and their counterparts in Sindh across the Rann Of Kachchh.

Their religious identities were not as clear and important in earlier times. These groups included nomadic people with their own beliefs and practices. There were strong fraternal relationships among different religious communities. Stories from folklore and mythology support these stories.

More Difficult Borders

These communities were forever change by the 1947 Partition in India. It emphasized distinct religious identities and made them more exclusive. The new border was a point of contention that created divisions that never existed. The Partition of India had a devastating effect on the lives of pastoralists. Who were force to live in newly imagined countries, where they continue to be restrict from their freedoms. The border became more porous after 1947. It was not until 1965 that it became more difficult to cross. After this conflict, the Rann became militarized.

The semi-nomadic pastoralism of the Maldharis is also at risk from hard borders that are fence off and fortified. These ways of life have been slowly and steadily destroyed over the past decades. By the state’s environmental policies and promotion of industrialisation. This has also led to the growth of eco-insensitive tourism. And the condescending and arrogant attitude of the bureaucracy towards these communities.

What are Australia’s three greatest challenges in the next five to ten years. How will social science help to solve these problems? These questions were asked by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in a discussion paper that was published earlier in the year. This review was prompted by cuts in social science disciplines across the country. Teaching takes precedence over research.

One Group of Eight university proposes to reduce the number of sociology and anthropology staff from nine to 1. The social sciences will see positions reclassified from research and teaching to teaching-only. Research funding is also shifting to applied research. Federal government is looking for research that engages more with industry and can demonstrate that it contributes to national interests.

Other long-term trends are also threatening. This confluence of funding cuts and revenue loss from international fee-paying students is a result of these two factors. In the 1980s successive federal governments have eroded the value of social sciences in comparison to science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM) since the 1980s.

This policy changes the purpose of Australian universities. It now aims to produce job-ready graduate, and places more emphasis on engagement with industry. Restructuring funding is seen as an investment in science. Social science students have seen their fees rise.

Social Science Expertise

This is all happening during a period of pandemics when the social sciences are more important than ever. It is vital that science and social sciences work together in order to meet the challenges we face.

To name just a few, the pandemic highlighted issues like attitudes and behaviour change, fake information and the politics in science, vulnerability of those in care, roles, responsibilities and gender disparities in the pandemic’s effects, as well as the role and responsibilities of government and citizens. Understanding the cultural and social diversity that underpins people’s beliefs and values, and how they interact in a global emergency is key to addressing these issues. Social scientists are responsible for this.

Gender Analyses Of COVID-19’s Impacts

  • Women are 22% more likely than men to lose their job.
  • 20 million girls in the world will never go back to school.
  • A paltry 23% target women’s economic security in emergency aid.

Because of systemic gender inequalities, these impacts will likely be lasting. To remedy these impacts, we must understand the context of social and cultural structures.

Social science research is what reveals the extent to which the pandemic has exacerbated the precarity of women and the inequality they face. Cultural norms around the globe limit women’s mobility and independence, and place them in unpaid care work. The hardest hit sectors, such as education, social care and care, are the most concentrated concentration of women.

The social sciences provide students with the tools to address complex problems in 21st-century society beyond the pandemic. The socials sciences offer the ability to: Understanding the nature of individuals, communities, and cultures (the human condition).

Gain A Wide Comparative Social View

You will be able to see how the crises in this century have an impact on how you live. There are many fields of study, including sociology, anthropology and gender and race, Indigenous studies and political science. The socials sciences are directly applicable to many pressing issues. These include pandemics and vaccine hesitancy; climate change; race and gender relations; inequality and poverty; mass migration and refugees; and authoritarianism.

News events give us an insight into complex social phenomena. This requires socials science analysis. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and March 4 Justice are just a few examples. The Federal Court victory for a group comprising teenagers, who means that the environment minister is responsible for protecting children from the harmful effects of carbon dioxide emissions.

Sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists have the evidence to help us apply solutions to global issues in local settings. We have the science to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we can create vaccines. How can we make the necessary social and behavioral changes to sanitation, vaccine uptake and mask-wearing? How do we turn science into policy?

Another example is that it’s one thing understanding climate science but how can we ensure that people are aware of what they can do in their daily lives to make it better? Social scientists provide insight into the reasons why certain social changes occur or not through expert analysis and translation.

Job-Ready? Graduates In Social Science Are Job-Ready

Social scientists are in high demand and have never been more so. Socials scientists are found in the public and private sectors. They work in community and international development as well as refugee and humanitarian agencies. Social science graduates are valued by employers for their communication skills, analytical skills, cultural awareness, and effective communication. Arts, socials sciences, and humanities graduates are much more employable than scientists.