Most recent grants
Edward Ferrari | Social Policy | 08 April 2013
How children travel to school is a major public policy concern, reflecting socioeconomic differences among the population. Policies enhancing school choice may contradict public health efforts to promote walking and cycling. Equally, the built form, ...
Professor Lucinda Platt | Education | 01 April 2013
The millennium cohort study (mcs) is a unique, multidisciplinary research resource. Following the lives of over 19,000 children born across the uk around the turn of the millennium, it has collected information about and from them at ages nine months ...
Mr Mark Smith | Social Work | 04 February 2013
Child protection systems across the english-speaking world have been subject to damning critique in recent years, to the extent that some commentators conclude that they may be doing more harm than good. Against this backdrop, the recent munro review ...
Professor Michael Lamb | Psychology | 02 January 2013
The study will explore the early social experiences and development of infants raised from birth by gay fathers in the uk, france, and the netherlands. Infants and parents will be observed interacting when the infants are four months old, and the par ...
Dr Susan Harkness | Social Policy | 31 December 2012
While lone-parenthood today may be considered a normal part of family life for many it remains associated with high rates of joblessness and poverty and children in lone-parent families are widely considered to do less well than those in families tha ...
Ms Antonia Simon | Social Policy | 01 December 2012
This study will combine information about the users (parents) and the providers of preschool childcare, both formal and informal. It will do this through a secondary analysis of a number of large-scale, quantitative datasets, including the labour for ...
Dr Ruth Emond | 05 November 2012
Food works not only on a material level as sustenance but also on a symbolic level where it can come to represent thoughts, feelings and relationships (punch et al. 2009). Recent studies have shown the role of food in the demonstration of care (eg ka ...
Dr Katherine Alcock | Psychology | 01 November 2012
Most language milestones occur in the first few years of life, so knowing what is typical for very young children is vital. However, most language tests are inappropriate for very young children. One helpful research tool is parent-completed communic ...
Dr Merideth Gattis | Psychology | 01 November 2012
The aim of this project to develop and evaluate a chinese version of the baby care questionnaire (bcq). The bcq measures parenting principles that guide care during infancy, and specific practices with respect to infant feeding, sleeping, and soothin ...
Dr Svetlana Speight | Social Policy | 22 October 2012
The role of fathers as breadwinners and parents has been undergoing dramatic changes over the past few decades. In the uk and elsewhere in europe, there is a renewed policy emphasis and concern about the role of men in families. At the same time, the ...
Most recent features
Feature | 20 June 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Considerable research on women's experiences of motherhood has been undertaken over the past 30 years, while women's lives and maternity services have changed dramatically. Several esrc-funded studies have explored factors influencing modern motherho ...
Feature | 29 April 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools
A pioneering esrc study by linguistics researchers has shown that 'story time' in primary schools can be used as a subtle way to introduce complex language structures to young children.
Feature | 16 May 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
More than a quarter of young people are growing up in families that face multiple challenges - with potentially damaging effects on children's development.
Feature | 19 March 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools
An esrc-funded study investigating the long-term outcomes of babies being fed on schedule versus on demand has revealed that babies who are fed on demand perform academically better during childhood than their schedule-fed peers.
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.
Feature | 23 November 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Children who are allowed to play outside in wet weather actually get less exercise than those who are kept indoors, according to esrc-supported research carried out on primary school pupils.
Feature | 26 January 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector
The quality of sibling relationships is key to children's sense of well-being, shows research from understanding society.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 08 May 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector
New research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) reveals why some children are badly affected by negative family conflicts while other children survive without significant problems.
Press Release | 10 April 2013 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Partnerships, Policymakers, Postgraduate, Press/media, Schools
Outdoor play and learning can make an important contribution to helping children make the transition from early years education into primary school, an innovative research project funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) has conclude ...
Press Release | 29 November 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
The use of technology in the classroom is nothing new, but topcliffe primary school in birmingham is breaking new ground by using technology to help pupils with autism communicate more effectively in a project jointly funded by the esrc and the engin ...
Press Release | 26 October 2012 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
Children’s parties or activity days, where prospective adopters meet children awaiting adoption, could be part of the solution to the current adoption crisis, according to research that will be showcased during the economic and social research counci ...
Press Release | 13 July 2012 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Policymakers, Postgraduate, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
Obesity is not to blame for poor educational performance, according to early findings from research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).
Press Release | 01 June 2012 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector
Many boys say they would prefer a male befriender according to early findings, funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). Yet, less than a quarter of uk volunteer child befrienders are men.
Press Release | 02 December 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector
Many disabled children fail to reach their full potential because they continue to be marginalised in schools, health and social care, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)
Press Release | 21 October 2011 | Academic, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector
The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipatedlevels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).
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 | 20 July 2011 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
A new study suggests young people with a serious genetic blood disorder are not getting the right help at school, especially pupils who miss lessons due to sickness.