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Scotland puzzle

Referendum reflections

As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on Scotland’s independence, academics involved with the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme evaluate what the referendum result means for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The trenches of World War 1

The Great War and the myths

A report from the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick has analysed common myths around causes and events of the Great War.

Scotland puzzle

Towards independence?

Dr Nicola McEwen, Associate Director of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, analyses the Scottish Government's White Paper Scotland's Future, which builds the case for an independent Scotland around the themes of democracy, fairness, and economic prosperity.

Fenced in

Locking up victims of trafficking

ESRC-funded research carried out by Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr Liz Hales revealed that a majority of women in custody had been victims of trafficking, smuggling and work under duress.

China-Russia gears

Soaring dragon, stumbling bear

Research supported by Warwick's ESRC Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy show that the Soviet Union initially tried similar economic reforms as China - but without the same success.

Mind the gap sign

Inequality after independence?

Becoming independent will not give Scotland much more leverage to tackle inequality than currently, new research from the Future of the UK and Scotland programme suggests.

Refugee camp

The Syrian refugee crisis

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.

Military operation

Syria and intervention: the pragmatic public

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.


The battle for Helmand

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 Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, carried out by Professor Theo Farrell and Dr Antonio Giustozzi.

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