All features (understanding behaviour)

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Lone person on beach

Tracing the lives of missing persons

A new ESRC-funded project chronicles the stories of those who choose to disappear and become a missing person. The findings will be used to train police, inform government policy and design services to support those who disappear and their families.

Passport control

Attitudes towards immigration: hardening, but nuanced

A new survey shows that Brits have become less tolerant of immigration in general, but discerning between types of immigrants - corroborating findings from ESRC-funded research on public attitudes.

Talking on phone

Bottling it up or talking it over?

'Women talk, men bottle things up' is a popular stereotype. But it's not simply a gender divide; age, generation and class are also important in how we deal with emotional issues, according to recent research.

Sports arena crowd

Managing the Olympic crowds

Understanding how crowds behave is crucial for safety and security at big events. The Crowd Behaviour Network, part of an ESRC-funded research project, provides timely insights into crowd management in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Call centre

The art of fundraising

Despite much focus on how people donate to charitable causes, there has been much less research on fundraisers and how their personal skills affect the performance. The research project 'The Formation of Fundraisers: the role of personal skills in asking for money' will interview fundraisers and volunteers who have raised significant sums to explore what makes a successful 'asker'.

Teamwork

Fear makes us co-operate

It may not be altruism, but fear that encourages co-operation, findings show. We are inclined to work together because we are worried about the consequences of selfishly taking advantage of other people.

Filling petrol

No panic for petrol

The queuing and bulk-buying of petrol is not 'panic buying' but logical, given people's reasonable beliefs about others' behaviour and mistrust of the authorities, argues Dr John Drury, researching crowd psychology in emergencies.

Sun and turbines

Eavesdropping on the climate change debate

A study of climate change as a social issue shows how the debate affects the views and attitudes of individuals and groups, and highlights how climate change is perceived differently across countries.

Business district

Crisis-proofing the banking system

Are lessons learnt, and can we avoid another global financial crisis in the future? The National Institute of Economic and Social Research/ESRC conference 'Never Again?' has examined whether there has been progress towards a safer banking system.

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