Most recent features
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 â€“ and a third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to r ...
Feature | 21 May 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
One of the enterprise research centreâ€™s newly published white papers concludes that both start-up companies and established businesses have rapid growth potential.
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.
Most recent case studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 06 December 2013 | Press/media
Esrc is pleased to announce funding of the flagship retail sector initiative.
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 ...
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).
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 â€˜double-penaltyâ€™ in their attempts to find and keep a job.
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
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.
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.
Press Release | 28 February 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
The first findings from the worldâ€™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 ...
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 ...
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
Professor Naila Kabeer | 01 April 2014
This project seeks to understand the gender dynamics of the labour market in the context of bangladesh. Labour markets are recognised as key institutional routes through which the benefits of growth are distributed across populations. Moreover, empir ...
Ms Jennifer Head | 01 March 2014
With the growth of the older population predicted to continue in coming decades, it is important to understand how to encourage work participation among older people in jobs that will be satisfying and will promote healthy ageing. This research conso ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
Prof Sarah Vickerstaff | 21 January 2014
Transitions from work to retirement have undergone radical transformation over the past few decades. The project aims to contribute to knowledge about the processes and factors which exert influence on working in later life. The research objectives:
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 ...
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 ...
Dr Jo Ingold | Employment Studies | 31 December 2013
Helping unemployed people to obtain work is of critical concern for both public policy and society. ‘welfare to work’ programmes have a key role to play in addressing this, yet we know little about how the organisations which deliver such ...
Dr Heejung Chung | Social Policy | 16 December 2013
One way of simultaneously addressing the work-life balance needs of employees and the productivity needs of employers is the use of flexible working arrangements. Although the general assumption is that flexibility provides workers with a better work ...
Most recent outputs
Mary Larkin | 13 January 2015 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0212291
Paul Lambert | 13 January 2015 | Sociology | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0043791
Rebecca Riley | 13 January 2015 | Economics | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk00378x1
Sam Scott | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esj0205671
Ronald Martin | 30 September 2014 | Human Geography (General) | End of Grant Report
Key findings - res-062-23-3233
John Macinnes | 30 September 2014 | Demography | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0046111
Yaojun Li | 30 September 2014 | Sociology | End of Grant Report
Impact report - res-238-25-0043
Peter Lee | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0138381
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 ...
Christian Hilber | 01 May 2014 | Working paper
We estimate the effect of the uk stamp duty land tax on household mobility using micro data. Exploiting a discontinuity in the tax schedule as a quasiexperimental setting, we isolate the impact of the stamp duty from other determinants of mobility. W ...