The crisis in Syria has led to a huge stream of refugees fleeing the country. "The scale and pace of this mass exodus is nearly unprecedented," says Dr Jakub Bijak at the ESRC Centre for Population Change.
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Polls currently show the public opposed to British military action in Syria by a margin of two to one. ESRC-funded research suggests that the public is pragmatic about military intervention, and will support it - if they are convinced it will work, and lead to a positive result.
How the Taliban returned to Afghanistan and why they have proved so difficult to defeat is the subject of a ground-breaking study building on Global Uncertainties research, carried out by Professor Theo Farrell and Dr Antonio Giustozzi.
The extent of 'rendition' – the controversial practice of transferring prisoners covertly between countries – can now be seen in a graphic way. The ESRC-funded Rendition Project has developed an interactive map displaying the secret flights, drawing on an extensive database.
Almost a quarter of people on jury service are confused about rules on internet use during a trial, according to findings from the ESRC-funded UCL Jury Project.
A study supported by the ESRC and the Department for International Development presents some surprising results of the controversial Zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.
A report from ScotCen Social Research and the Electoral Reform Society used data from the ESRC-supported Scottish Social Attitudes Survey to find out ordinary citizens' attitudes to further devolution.
In the first major survey of foreign policy attitudes in Britain, researchers have found that most people did not simply support or oppose the use of force on principle, but instead made a judgment based on various aspects of the situation.
Fieldwork is beginning in a unique study which puts social scientists at the heart of disease prevention. The ESRC-funded Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium will study 'zoonotic' diseases – those which can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and livestock.
A new survey shows that Brits have become less tolerant of immigration in general, but discerning between types of immigrants - corroborating findings from ESRC-funded research on public attitudes.