Behavioural economics can effect small changes in the way people act. But does it work in tackling big societal issues?
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A review of past and ongoing research into children's play, co-funded by the ESRC with Unilever, has explored issues around various types of play.
Focusing on purely 'win-win' scenarios in ecosystem management is tempting, but difficult trade-offs have to be negotiated, according to ESPA research.
Recent Police Federation calls for all officers to be offered a Taser - but the research evidence is insufficient, argues PhD researcher Abi Dymond.
Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?, a new exhibition at the Science Museum supported by the ESRC, explores how the food we eat affects our body, brain and eating habits.
The British public's belief in the reality of climate change and its human causes is now at its highest since 2005, according to ESRC-funded research.
Using data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study, a new report from the RAC Foundation has explored trends in car use amongst young adults.
Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.
Researchers at the University of Leicester have worked with the widest range of communities ever to have been included in a single study of hate crime - the Leicester Hate Crime Project.
Our feelings of self-worth are influenced mainly by whether we live up to the cultural values endorsed by the people around us, new research reveals.
New results from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey, funded by the ESRC and carried out by ScotCen Social Research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.
Charitable causes in the UK benefit from strong traditions of giving among such groups, which result in generosity to UK charities and support for needs in countries of origin, according to research from the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.
Young people's talk about celebrities serves important social functions - making sense of the massive inequality and replacing envy with pleasure in being 'ordinary', shows research.
A new ESRC-funded project aims to study the 'social media ecosystem' to better understand how user behaviours, global communication networks and flows of information interact to promote hateful and socially disruptive content.
Governments and financial regulators have called on banks to rein in their risk cultures. However, a new report from the London School of Economics and Plymouth University dispels the myth of the perfect risk culture.
The annual NHS Stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smoking motivations such as weight control.
Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.
Online 'trolls' who abuse people are motivated by boredom as well as feelings of power, amusement and revenge, new findings show. Research by Dr Claire Hardaker at the ESRC CASS centre explores the motivation for trolling.
British women are increasingly having children at a later age – and longer time in education and training is a major factor, shows research from the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC).
Far from being disadvantaged, babies of blind mothers develop communication and attention skills than their peers, according to research by Dr Atsushi Senju. He found no signs of autistic-like behaviour due to lack of visual communication.
People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the ESRC-funded project Geographies of Missing People were presented at the 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, held in Southampton this week.
Both insurance buyers and insurance sellers frequently fail to assess risks accurately, according to new research. An ESRC-supported report concludes that when people make assessments about rare events, they often tend to misjudge a number of factors.
New ESRC- funded research shows that if you live in an isolated rural area you are likely to concentrate better than if you live in a city.
An evaluation of home-working showed a dramatic increase in employee performance and reduction in staff turnover, according to findings from a team including Professor Nicholas Bloom from ESRC's Centre for Economic Performance.
Politicians will find it hard to persuade voters to trust them more because there's a big gap between the kinds of behaviour the two camps think of as unethical, according to new research.