Most recent features
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 | 07 June 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Public sector
The privatised rail system relies upon billions of pounds of hidden subsidies from the tax payer and has failed to bring in private investment, according to research from the esrc centre for research on socio-cultural change.
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 | 09 April 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Nicholas crafts, professor of economics and economic history at the university of warwick and director of the esrc centre for competitive advantage in the global economy, examines how the economic policies of the thatcher era affected the uk economy. ...
Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.
Feature | 06 February 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
More government borrowing and public sector job cuts, as tax rises are on the horizon, warns the ifs green budget.
Feature | 04 February 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
While employment levels in the uk have been "remarkably robust" since 2008, productivity has slumped, according to the institute for fiscal studies paper the productivity puzzles.
Feature | 31 January 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent national growth council are key recommendations in the final report from the lse ...
Feature | 25 September 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools
A new esrc-funded project chronicles the stories of those who choose to disappear and become a missing person. The findings will be used to train police, inform government policy and design services to support those who disappear and their families.
Feature | 30 July 2012 | Academic, General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
The great british public toilet map has been developed as part of an esrc-funded research project tackling ageing continence through theory tools and technology (tact3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displ ...
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 14 July 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
The institute for fiscal studies and the esrc centre for the microeconomic analysis of public policy influenced the debate on the eventual shape of the 'pupil premium' scheme by confirming for policymakers that decisions made were based on solid anal ...
Case Study | 30 October 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Public sector
New project management toolsets developed with the esrc-funded transformation project helped warwickshire police launch new automatic number plate recognition schemes on time and budget â€“ targeting vehicle-based criminality and solving a string of ...
Case Study | 15 April 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Recommendations by professor rita de la feria led to reforms implemented in the portugalâ€™s 2012 state budget which boosted the efficiency of tax and generated savings of 1. 2 per cent gdp.
Case Study | 14 January 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector
Esrc-funded research provided cornwall council with effective training tools for social care staff - improving adult care and leading to yearly cost savings of â£80,000.
Case Study | 14 December 2012 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Schools
Recommendations from the esrc centre for market and public organisation (cmpo) to improve school league tables were adopted by the department for education and implemented in 2011.
Case Study | 24 September 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
Government used esrc-funded research to inform its policies when increasing competition in the nhs.
Case Study | 15 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Public sector, Schools
Social science underpinned by esrc support played a major role in establishing and delivering the government's sure start initiative in 1999, which aimed to provide integrated early years services for disadvantaged groups.
Case Study | 02 June 2009 | General public, Public sector
A knowledge transfer partnership project improved data gathering, performance monitoring and service management for nhs middlesbrough and nhs redcar and cleveland, enhancing local quality and outcome frameworks.
Case Study | 10 December 2008 | General public, Schools
New methodologies and pioneering survey software has helped dorset county council analyse school performance, improve services and save costs on data analysis.
Case Study | 19 November 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
A knowledge transfer partnership with wakefield family services encouraged a culture shift towards using research to improve effectiveness, and the implementation of research governance framework procedures.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 22 March 2013 | Academic, Policymakers
The economic and social research council (esrc) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new local government navigator team. Building relationships, raising the profile of social science research and identifying opportunities for collaboration ...
Press Release | 14 December 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
Older people and those who work non-standard hours are less likely to feel integrated into society, according to a study funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)
Press Release | 10 November 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
The government’s commitment to ‘localism’ is likely to fail unless whitehall departments can shed a deep-rooted culture of centralism, a new study suggests.
Press Release | 11 October 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector
Governments should target aid towards individual households threatened with poverty because of soaring food costs rather than intervene in the markets to try to lower prices.
Press Release | 21 July 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
Following the victory of the scottish national party (snp) in the recent scottish elections on may 5, a unique in-depth survey of the entire snp membership conducted throughout 2008, funded by the economic and social research council (esrc), reveals ...
Press Release | 14 July 2010 | General public, Press/media, Public sector
Data visualisation techniques that generate sophisticated graphics could bring a fresh dimension to communications and decision-making by public bodies like local councils, according to research completed for the economic and social research council ...
Press Release | 21 December 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
The police service faces a host of new challenges but also opportunities in the wake of the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorism attacks and the global economic downturn.
Press Release | 29 November 2009 | Press/media, Public sector
Working for the public sector is good for fertility, according to new economic and social research council funded research at the university of oxford.
Press Release | 18 October 2009 | Press/media, Public sector
Performance assessment schemes aimed at making local authorities into more effective organisations are having the desired effect, according to new research released by the economic and social research council (esrc).
Press Release | 04 June 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
A fresh approach to public sector leadership is vital if the scottish government's vision of a more successful country is to realised - especially given challenges such as the current financial situation and a general loss of trust in leaders - accor ...
Most recent grants
Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014
Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...
Dr Matthew Millings | Criminology | 05 March 2014
In 2013 the ministry of justice announced plans to implement a policy that will see approximately 70 per cent of the work carried out by the public probation service being outsourced to other providers. The first stage in the process involves the cre ...
Professor Gillian Livingston | 01 March 2014
The marque programme “managing agitation and raising quality of life” aims to reduce agitation and increase quality of life in people with dementia. Our group has completed a funded systematic literature review on interventions to reduce ...
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 ...
Dr DENISE HEWLETT | 17 February 2014
‘tranquillity' is commonly experienced in areas of outstanding natural beauty where it is a key motive for visitors. This popularity means that managing organisations must ensure that development is sensitive to ecological, social and economic ...
Professor Paul Watson | Social Geography | 14 February 2014
Many believe that social media data has the potential to give real insights into communities. However, there is a real challenge in unlocking this knowledge due to the enormous size and speed with which the data is generated, and a lack of understand ...
Professor Peter Edwards | Sociology | 14 February 2014
There is now a broad consensus that new forms of social data emerging from people’s day-to-day activities on the web have the potential to transform the social sciences. However, there is also agreement that current analytical techniques fall s ...
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 Vania Sena | Environmental Informatics | 31 January 2014
The esrc data research centre for smart analytics is a collaborative project between the universities of essex (lead partner), east anglia, and kent; its objectives are to provide a facility where big data from businesses and local government a ...
Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Urban 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 ...
Most recent outputs
David King | 02 May 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Impact Report
Esrc impact report
Sonia Exley | 02 May 2014 | Impact Report
Debates have long existed in western societies over school choice questions such as whether parents ought to be able to pay to send children to private schools or otherwise to avoid local neighbourhood schools within an education market in favour of ...
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 ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Newspaper
Article by nicola mcewen in the online newspaper 'the conversation' in which she unravels different ways of reading polls and argues that demographic factors are not the best choice for explaining survey results.