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Most recent features

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Taking stock of uk plc

Feature | 12 January 2015 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

In a major new programme of work researchers at the esrc-funded institute for fiscal studies are analysing the implications of the different parties' fiscal policies and what happened over this parliament.

Changes ahead for the older population

Feature | 26 June 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

The ifs report 'the changing face of retirement' outlines the demographic and financial trends for those aged 65 and over in england up to 2022-23. It predicts that women aged 65 and over are likely to be healthier, be in paid work, and stay in a rel ...

Happy families

Feature | 19 June 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Legislation to promote flexible working arrangements may be benefitting family relationships. A survey shows that flexible working has improved work-life balance for many people.

Educated unemployed: changing the global south

Feature | 17 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools

The majority of young people live in the underdeveloped countries of the global south, where increased access to schooling has led to the phenomenon of the 'educated unemployed' - frustrated by the lack of social and economic opportunities.

Reduced workforce could reshape the public sector

Feature | 14 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Ifs research shows that the nature of the uk labour market could be dramatically transformed within the next five years if proposed reductions in general government employment were to be fully realised.

Better times for work life

Feature | 22 November 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media

"despite the recession there are signs that working life has improved in a number of respects for those who have been lucky enough to stay in work," says professor stephen wood, following first findings from the 2011 workplace employee relations surv ...

Long hours for working dads - but not as long as before

Feature | 17 June 2013 | General public, Press/media

Hard-working fathers in the uk are cutting their long hours, while mothers are working more, research by natcen social research and the university of east anglia suggests.

Rethinking pensions

Feature | 30 May 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Six in ten people over the age of 50 in the uk have not considered how they will finance their retirement years – and a third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to r ...

Finding the uk's biggest job creators

Feature | 21 May 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

One of the enterprise research centre’s newly published white papers concludes that both start-up companies and established businesses have rapid growth potential.

European survey shows work and wellbeing impact from recession

Feature | 22 April 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

More pressure at work, increased job insecurity and less trust in political institutions are some of the impacts of the recession, according to a new report from the european social survey.

Case studies

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Paving the way for the minimum wage

Case Study | 19 January 2015 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Esrc-funded research provided crucial evidence for the introduction of a uk national minimum wage and was cited prior to minimum wage legislation in hong kong and germany.

Helping disabled persons in the workplace

Case Study | 11 February 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Findings about the levels of bullying of disabled people in the workplace have led to changes in policy, promoting equality and improving workplace environments.

Regulation of the erotic dancing industry

Case Study | 15 August 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Following co-operation with researchers at the university of leeds, several local authorities have adopted specific 'good practice' procedures for the erotic dancing industry.

Promoting equality for aid workers

Case Study | 15 May 2011 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Schools

Project add-up, a three-year research project examining differences in pay between local workers and expatriate workers, was instrumental in setting up the first global task force to tackle the issue.

New rules for welfare

Case Study | 14 May 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A review of the welfare system to consider ways of enhancing employment, by professor paul gregg from the centre for market and public organisation, informed the department for work and pensions' white paper on welfare reform.

Collaborating with business to help the unemployed

Case Study | 15 April 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on how 'section 106' planning agreements can help the long-term unemployed has resulted in a new methodology to evaluate employment initiatives.

Putting skills into business

Case Study | 15 February 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research by the centre on skills, knowledge and organisational performance has informed the english skills strategy and policies in finland, norway and australia.

Training junior doctors

Case Study | 17 April 2006 | Academic, General public, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

A ktp partnership based at plymouth hospitals nhs trust established training practices for junior doctors and spearheaded the local medical workforce skills mix analysis group - leading to a successful bid for â£106k from the strategic change fund.

Healthcare with healthy living strategy

Case Study | 25 January 2005 | General public

A collaboration between south tyneside healthcare nhs, the university of teesside and the university of sunderland led to substantial cost savings due to reduced sickness and stress-related absenteeism, and less staff turnover.

Press releases

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Recession hits workplaces, but not employee attitudes

Press Release | 23 January 2013 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

According to the latest workplace employment relations study, the recession has had a profound impact on britain's workplaces. In many workplaces, managers have responded with changes in their staffing practices, with one third of employees seeing th ...

Avon helps lift african women out of poverty

Press Release | 02 July 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Becoming an avon cosmetics sales representative is helping some poor south african women escape poverty as well as inspiring many with self-confidence and hope according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Young people face double penalty in a slow job market

Press Release | 29 February 2012 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

New research from understanding society, a study of more than 40,000 uk households, has examined what is driving this uneven employment pattern and finds that young people suffer from a ‘double-penalty’ in their attempts to find and keep a job.

Working mothers and the effects on children

Press Release | 22 July 2011 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Parents struggling to combine paid work with bringing up their children now have some positive news thanks to a new study funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) on maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the uk

Breaking the silence on aid workers salaries

Press Release | 18 May 2011 | Academic, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Research from a jointly funded project by the esrc and department for international development has been instrumental in setting up a new international task force to promote fair wages in aid organisations.

The uk maintains a positive outlook, despite the recession

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

A survey of households across the uk taken at the height of the recession in 2009 show 67 per cent of people in full-time work were living comfortably or doing alright and that unemployed people were broadly optimistic about their future prospects.

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 ...

Esrc report examines the pathway to economic recovery

Press Release | 27 January 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A new report released today (thursday 27 january) by the economic and social research council (esrc) provides a snapshot of what we know about our current economic situation and explores what can be learned by looking at evidence from economic and so ...

Seminar to showcase university's job crafting tool

Press Release | 09 March 2010 | Business, Press/media

Issues such as employee engagement and wellbeing will be the topic of a debate over tea and toast at the business breakfast seminar, staged by consultiwp.


Most recent grants

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London experimental workshop

Professor Pablo Branas-Garza | 10 February 2014

The london experimental workshop (lew) proposes to start an inter-university seminar series in the london area between middlesex, queen mary and royal holloway universities. The workshop will work as a discussion platform in the area of experimental ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...

Collecting new time use resources (cntur)

Professor Jonathan Gershuny | Economic Sociology | 01 January 2014

This consists of a package of research and research-resource provision activities, comprising: a new uk national time diary study using the conventional methods proposed in the eurostat harmonised european time use study (hetus) guidelines for time ...


Most recent outputs

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Homeownership and entrepreneurship: the role of commitment and mortgage debt

Philippe Bracke | 02 May 2014 | Discussion paper

We study the link between homeownership and entrepreneurship using a model of occupational choice and housing tenure where homeowners commit a fixed budget to mortgage payments. Our model predicts that: (i) mortgage commitments, by amplifying risk av ...