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Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

'study hard, aim high' for working class british asians

Feature | 16 January 2013 | Further education, General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

A recent esrc study found that many working-class ethnic minority families are inspiring their children to be high educational achievers – even if the parents have had very little education themselves.

Happy relationships may help you keep fit

Feature | 05 October 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Stable, nurturing relationships may help you stay fit and healthy, according to new esrc-funded research. The study found that being in supportive relationships with low levels of conflicts and stress may help some individuals keep slim and physicall ...

Understanding how stress triggers bipolar mood swings

Feature | 22 May 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Financial problems, marital difficulties, job loss and personal illness can trigger episodes of bipolar depression and mania, according to new research findings.

Long-distance mothering through new media

Feature | 21 February 2012 | General public, International, Press/media

Migrant women maintain their emotional and parenting bond with left-behind children through frequent use of new media - including mobile phone, texting, email, webcam calls and instant messaging.

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A woman's work is never done?

Press Release | 23 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

One of the greatest social changes across europe in recent decades has been the increase of women in the labour market. However, changes in women’s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the ...

Romantic delusions allow online dating scams to flourish

Press Release | 12 February 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

As international criminal gangs increasingly target online dating and social networking sites, as a means of extorting money from unwary victims, research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) suggests that new strategies are need ...

Researchers to debate the call for sexual abstinence education in schools

Press Release | 29 October 2012 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Introducing abstinence education into uk schools could be a less effective substitute for comprehensive sex and relationship education (sre) aimed at children and young adults, say a research team led by sheffield hallam university.

Does your mother know?

Press Release | 05 March 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Do your parents know where you are at night? according to 36 per cent of 15 year old boys and nearly a quarter of 15 year old girls the answer to that question, at least once a month, is no

A healthy teenager is a happy teenager

Press Release | 02 March 2012 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

Teenagers who turn their backs on a healthy lifestyle and turn to drink, cigarettes and junk food are significantly unhappier than their healthier peers.

Good parenting is just a joke

Press Release | 27 October 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

Parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers are giving their children a head start in terms of life skills. Most parents are naturals at playing the fool with their kids, says a new research project funded by the economic and social research cou ...

Mum’s the word when it comes to children’s happiness

Press Release | 03 April 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Young people's satisfaction with their family situation is clearly related to the quality of relationships with parents and especially their mother’s happiness. The research findings come from the first findings from understanding society, the world’ ...

Being a good mum: teens have their say

Press Release | 01 April 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Just in time for mother’s day teens have spoken out on what they consider makes a good mother. The project young lives and times, part of the timescapes study and funded by the economic and social research council (esrc), reveals how teens view their ...

Uk youth are happy after all?

Press Release | 02 March 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Young people in the uk are very satisfied with their lives with 70 per cent rating themselves as happy or very happy. These are the first findings from understanding society, the world’s largest household panel study managed by the institute of socia ...

The first steps to understanding society

Press Release | 28 February 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

The first findings from the world’s largest study of households are now published. With data on our working lives, relationships, health, finances and neighbourhoods the understanding society publication gives an early taste of the social landscape o ...


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What is scientific consensus for policy? heartlands and hinterlands of physics

Professor Harold Collins | Science and Technology Studies | 01 March 2014

This project aims to examine the nature of scientific consensus by looking closely at how boundaries are established, enacted, reinforced and experienced within physics. To know what mainstream scientific consensus means, we need to know more about t ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014

The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...

Facilitating carers' mind-mindedness through education and early intervention

Professor Elizabeth Meins | Developmental psychology | 28 January 2014

This professorial fellowship focuses on extending the real-world impact of the academic literature on caregivers' ‘mind-mindedness’ - the ability to 'tune in' to what a young child may be thinking or feeling. Previous research has demonst ...

Exploring and explaining the role of disadvantage in crime causation

Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom | Criminology | 16 January 2014

The overall aim of this reseach is to produce a comprehensive study and analysis of the link between social disadvantage and crime in adolescence and young adulthood. In this research we aim to apply and further develop new theory and innovative meth ...

Living well with dementia

Professor Linda Clare | 01 January 2014

Enabling people with dementia and carers to ‘live well’ with the condition is a key uk policy objective. The aim of this project is to identify what helps people to live well or makes it difficult to live well in the context of having dem ...


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Esrc knowledge exchange – soldiers status within society

D. Heuser | 06 May 2014 | Internat. Studies & Relations | End of Grant Report

To cite this output: heuser, dbg, dentry-travis, s, (2014) esrc knowledge exchange – soldiers status within society esrc end of award report, es/k000640/1. Swindon: esrc.

Reducing prejudice via indirect intergroup contact

Rhiannon Turner | 02 May 2014 | Psychology | Impact Report

The current project tested the idea that indirect contact might help to prepare people for direct intergroup contact. We found that both extended contact (learning about someone else's positive contact experience) and imagined contact (imagining a po ...

Towards independence?

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other publication/report

Article written by nicola mcewen for the esrc magazing 'society now' in which she analyses the scottish government’s white paper scotland’s future. Nicola mcewen highlights that the case for independence is built around three inter-linked themes: dem ...

Bbc one reporting scotland

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Audio/video recording

Nicola mcewen was interviewed for the report on scotland of bbc one on the uncertain consequences of a yes vote.

Small states in europe

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop

Nicola mcewen contributed as chair to a seminar organised by michael keating on small states in europe. Discussions focused on capacities and constraints of small states to influence decisions taken in eu institutions. Nicola also kicked-off the disc ...

Independence debate

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop

Presentation at the politics and international department's lecture series on the independence debate and the impact independence may have on scottish-uk relations. The event also served to present the different projects that were part of the applica ...

Who will decide the referendum outcome?

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other

Blog post written by nicola mcewen following speculations about voters from firth of scotland having a decisive influence on the referendum outcome. She argues that demographic factors will offer little in explaining why people will vote yes or no th ...

Independence: a renewed partnership of the isles

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Organised event

Nicola mcewen organised an event featuring a keynote speech by the deputy first minister, nicola sturgeon at the playfair library hall in edinburgh. The speech was followed by a response given by nicola mcewen and discussions over dinner. The event w ...