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Lost in the storm: how a hurricane blew through political science

19 April 2017

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As 80mph winds swept across the Caribbean and the southern US, Hurricane Isaac left 41 people dead and caused $2.4 billion (£1.9 billion) of damage. The cost to the academic field of political science is less well known.

However, a new study by the School’s Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon together with Ben McQuillin and Raquel Campos, indicates that the destructive tropical cyclone led to 76 academic papers that would otherwise have been written never seeing the light of day. The paper was presented at the Royal Economic Society’s 2017 Annual Conference on 10 April.

This is an excerpt from an article in Times Higher Education by Ellie Bothwell. Click here to read the full piece.


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