social science

Canada expected to reinstate mandatory census

The new Canadian government seems poised to fulfill a wish of social scientists by bringing back the country’s mandatory long-form census.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn in this morning, and members of his Liberal party expect him to act promptly to meet one of his campaign promises. Such a move would also signal his commitment to reversing many of the policies of the former Conservative government under longtime Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Read more in Science.

Researchers get down with the kids

Kids in Sub-Saharan Africa are getting involved in social sciences — and not just as the subjects of research.

A project led by Gina Porter, an anthropologist from Durham University in the United Kingdom, is using ‘child researchers’ to help academics study how mobile phone technologies are changing the way young people travel and interact. Read more in SciDev.Net.