Most recent features
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.
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 â€“ even if the parents have had very little education themselves.
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 ...
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.
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.
Most recent press releases
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 womenâ€™s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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’ ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Most recent grants
Dr Kahryn Hughes | 25 April 2014
This project brings together a national network of qualitative longitudinal research projects on the third sector for knowledge sharing and exchange. It aims to scale up and enhance the evidence base on the third sector, creating useful resources thr ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dr Christine Skinner | 24 February 2014
This series of six seminars will explore themes around the financial consequences of family breakdown. Although parental separation is often an intensely private event, it affects the lives of many people and therefore the state has a key role in sup ...
Professor Helen Stalford | 04 February 2014
This seminar series provides a unique platform for critical discussion and interdisciplinary exchange relating to the role of the european institutions - notably the european union and the council of europe - in shaping children’s rights. It re ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dr Rebecca Dimond | Med Soc/Soc Health & Illness | 01 January 2014
This fellowship examines how patients with mitochondrial disease make reproductive decisions in the context of emerging ivf technologies. Mitochondria are small energy producing structures contained in the cytoplasm of a cell, and are inherited throu ...
Dr Wendy Olsen | Economic Sociology | 01 January 2014
The project measures the gender impact of poverty alleviation interventions in rural india and bangladesh and how this impact has been mediated through social norms. The project focuses on social differentiation of attitudes about women's work. It st ...
Most recent outputs
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.
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 ...
Corinne Squire | 02 May 2014 | Sociology | Working paper
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 ...
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.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Invited speaker, carnegie trust/acosvo seminar on the approach of the charitable sector to the independence referendum, dunfermline. Nicola gave a presentation on the impact of independence on the third sector.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...