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World population

The UK, the world and the people

The world's population has reached 7.2 billion and counting, today on World Population Day. Dr Jakub Bijak of the ESRC Centre for Population Change looks at future population trends in the UK and abroad.

Map of Europe

Europe - a lion or an elephant?

A mass survey of 30,000 EU citizens has found that European identity is strong – and getting stronger, particularly amongst younger people.

Europe

Choosing wisely

Professor Anand Menon, research co-ordinator for the ESRC initiative on 'The UK in a Changing Europe', discusses the UK’s complicated relationship with Europe and the possible outcomes of a referendum on EU membership.

Euro coin stack

Euro expectations

Why was the euro introduced without establishing other institutions associated with a successful monetary union?

Choice road sign

Questions of independence

Today we’re one year away from the referendum on Scottish independence, and the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps are drawing up the battle lines. But in the great debate some issues are less discussed than others.

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.

Militant

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 Global Uncertainties research, carried out by Professor Theo Farrell and Dr Antonio Giustozzi.

Plane takeoff

Mapping the secret flights of rendition

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.

Prisoner

Torture by any other name

The category of 'torture' has been used by Western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the British state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to research.

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