Integration of Social Science into Research

Short Description

Increasingly, research addresses challenges and opportunities of an interdisciplinary nature, though there is also an increased disconnect between research and the needs and concerns of the public. An established practice is integrating a social scientist among scientists of another discipline, and a discussion of the shortfalls of this method are discussed as having limited meaningful impact and a conerning amount of inefficiency in utilizing the expertise social scientists add to collaborative research. More meaningful and efficient ways for integrating social science would require teams of social scientists, rethinking how funding is structured to designate funds specifically for the social science component, and redefine and frame the relationship between social scientists and other research scientist disciplines to be collaboration among equals.