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Features

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Olympic impact

Feature | 03 April 2014 | General public, Press/media

On 9 september 2012, six weeks of olympic and paralympic frenzy came to a close in london's olympic park, marking the beginning of a legacy set to last decades. There is little in the way of precedent for such huge projects – so how can we better u ...

Stark levels of physical inactivity

Feature | 09 January 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Research findings from the esrc centre for market and public organisation, and monash, rmit melbourne and lancaster universities, show high levels of physical inactivity in the english population.

More partners, less sex: uk sexuality uncovered

Feature | 26 November 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

We debut early and carry on into older age, but have sex less often than before, according to findings on brits' sexual behaviour from the third natsal survey. However, the frequency of sex for has fallen from over six times to just under five per mo ...

Cutting the smoking habit

Feature | 02 October 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The annual nhs stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smo ...

The sedentary lives of seven-year-olds

Feature | 22 August 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Only half of seven-year-old children in the uk achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, mcs data has revealed.

More cycling and walking with the right infrastructure

Feature | 16 August 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A cedar research project looking into commuting patterns of driving versus walking cycling or public transport suggests that improved convenience can promote the uptake of such 'active commuting'.

More childcare for grandparents

Feature | 25 July 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The number of children looked after by grandparents, and the length of time that grandparents spend on childcare is rising according to a study using data from the esrc-funded understanding society survey.

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.

Healthier living: cardiff or bangladesh?

Feature | 05 April 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

A comparison of bangladeshi women living in cardiff and in bangladesh shows poorer health among those living in cardiff, with considerably more obesity. A less active lifestyle and a more unhealthy diet are the main reasons.

Case Studies

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The plain facts of tobacco packaging

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Moves to impose plain packaging for cigarettes, including australia's 2012 legislation on standardised packaging and the recent uk commitment to do the same, have been strongly influenced by olivia maynard's research into tobacco packaging.

The breakfast effect on school performance

Case Study | 24 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Esrc-funded research on nutrition and school performance has contributed to the provision of free breakfasts in schools in west yorkshire.

Data lays foundation for alcohol pricing policy

Case Study | 01 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Datasets from the esrc-funded uk data service were used in a policy model which underpinned the scottish bill on minimum pricing of alcohol.

Helping smokers and non-smokers

Case Study | 21 October 2011 | General public, Press/media

Research by professor peter hajek at the uk centre for tobacco control studies (ukctcs) was a key part of a us consultation on nicotine replacement therapy. Professor marcus munafo' s findings were used in support for tobacco packaging legislation in ...

Raising awareness of india's elderly

Case Study | 15 July 2009 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Research from the new dynamics of ageing programme is highlighting the contributions and needs of india's older population to policymakers.

Press Releases

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Kids know what makes them happy

Press Release | 25 October 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Fridays are definitely the best day of the week and one of the things likely to make many school children happy, according to an annual innovative schools event on happiness that takes place during the economic and social research council’s (esrc) ...

Enjoying the great outdoors – nature's own stress buster

Press Release | 26 July 2013 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media

Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). The research highlights the power of the 'great outdoors' to improve both physiological and psyc ...

Finding murray's magic

Press Release | 24 June 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research suggests that it is andy murray’s ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete according to new research funded by the economic and social research council

A picture of health in schools

Press Release | 26 February 2013 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

Feeling comfortable and confident in sport, health, or pe can be very difficult for some young people who can be seen as a 'risk' of becoming obese. Young people from ethnic minorities, especially girls, are more likely to be physically inactive and ...

Unique software supports behavioural intervention programmes

Press Release | 21 January 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The internet offers users a cost-effective way of accessing information and advice on any health problem, 24-hours a day. A group of social scientists has taken advantage of this by developing software which enables other researchers to easily create ...

Group interaction among elderly is the key to significant health outcomes

Press Release | 07 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The health benefits of 'water clubs' in care homes for the elderly owe as least as much to the social nature of the activity as to the value of drinking water itself, an investigation by psychologists and funded by the economic and social research co ...

Life does get under your skin

Press Release | 06 November 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

‘social medicines’ are beneficial to the health and wellbeing of individuals and the population. By combining social and biological information from uk longitudinal studies (life-course studies) researchers have identified that the more ‘social medic ...

Researchers to debate the call for sexual abstinence education in schools

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.

Getting closer to cohort studies

Press Release | 01 October 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

A world-leading initiative which brings together some of the most important studies of people’s lives in the uk, has been launched today by the economic and social research council (esrc) and the medical research council (mrc).

Obese kids as bright as thinner peers

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).

Grants

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Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

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 ...

Urban big data

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 ...

Exploring and explaining the role of disadvantage in crime causation

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 ...

Life study: phase 1

Professor Carol Dezateux | Demography (General) | 01 January 2014

The life study is designed to investigate influences operating in early life, which have implications for the health, well-being and development of children and the adults they will become. The life study will develop a rich resource of longitudinal ...

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 ...

Outputs

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Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers