Most recent features
Feature | 12 November 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
A report published today by the esrc-funded institute for fiscal studies argues that the 'barnett formula' is flawed - protecting scotland and northern ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts.
Feature | 27 October 2014 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on scotlandâ€™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.
Feature | 21 July 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Reduction in housing benefit has had little impact on rents in the private sector, but some claimants have chosen to move to lower-rent areas or smaller properties, according to an analysis by the esrc-funded institute for fiscal studies and research ...
Feature | 30 May 2014 | General public, Press/media
Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. Research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.
Feature | 03 April 2014 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Professor anand menon, research co-ordinator for the esrc initiative on 'the uk in a changing europe', discusses the ukâ€™s complicated relationship with europe and the possible outcomes of a referendum on eu membership.
Feature | 03 April 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
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, a ...
Feature | 24 February 2014 | General public, Press/media
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.
Feature | 22 January 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
New results from the scottish social attitudes survey, funded by the esrc and carried out by scotcen social research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.
Feature | 21 January 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
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.
Feature | 18 September 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Today weâ€™re one year away from the referendum on scottish independence, and the â€˜yesâ€™ and â€˜noâ€™ camps are drawing up the battle lines. But in the great debate some issues are less discussed than others.
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 11 December 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Amendments to the justice and security act 2013 following dr lawrence mcnamaraâ€™s recommendations helped to ensure a better balance between national security and the principles of fair and open justice.
Case Study | 21 September 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Research on how flag use affects tension between communities in northern ireland has transformed understanding and fed into reconciliation strategies.
Case Study | 14 July 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
The institute for fiscal studies and the esrc centre for the microeconomic analysis of public policy influenced the debate on the eventual shape of the 'pupil premium' scheme by confirming for policymakers that decisions made were based on solid anal ...
Case Study | 05 June 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Research by professor neil wrigley and colleagues has helped transform thinking on food retail development, its role in sustaining viable town centres and the future of uk high streets.
Case Study | 11 April 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Esrc fellow dr jonny byrne's six month placement provided the northern ireland office with a unique resource for analysing and understanding the contentious issues and challenges under discussion in the 2013 haass talks.
Case Study | 15 April 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Recommendations by professor rita de la feria led to reforms implemented in the portugalâ€™s 2012 state budget which boosted the efficiency of tax and generated savings of 1. 2 per cent gdp.
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.
Case Study | 21 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
An academic survey of the carrier bag levy in wales has caused the welsh government to redraft its advice for businesses.
Case Study | 24 September 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
Government used esrc-funded research to inform its policies when increasing competition in the nhs.
Case Study | 15 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Public sector, Schools
Social science underpinned by esrc support played a major role in establishing and delivering the government's sure start initiative in 1999, which aimed to provide integrated early years services for disadvantaged groups.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 03 July 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
Women living in the world's most advanced democracies and under the most progressive gender equality regimes still know less about politics than men according to a ten-nation study of media systems and national political knowledge funded by the econo ...
Press Release | 12 May 2011 | Academic, Business, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Urban conflict is nothing new in cities like belfast, jerusalem and major cities in the middle east. An international conference at queens’s university in belfast explores how cities have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts.
Press Release | 28 January 2010 | Business, Policymakers, Press/media
Initial findings carried out under the esrc's world economy and finance research programme which comes to a conclusion with a conference in london on 28 january 2010 - a paper presented warns against privatising the recently nationalised banks too so ...
Press Release | 21 December 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
The police service faces a host of new challenges but also opportunities in the wake of the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorism attacks and the global economic downturn.
Press Release | 04 June 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
A fresh approach to public sector leadership is vital if the scottish government's vision of a more successful country is to realised - especially given challenges such as the current financial situation and a general loss of trust in leaders - accor ...
Press Release | 21 April 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Is the recession an opportunity to move away from some traditional, and environmentally unfriendly, industries to cleaner, greener industries to create new and sustainable employment?
Press Release | 12 March 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
The most ambitious independent policy review in the uk for over a decade is published this week and makes challenging reading for both government and opposition.
Press Release | 09 March 2009 | Press/media
The blame for the rise of an anti-political culture in britain rests with politicians not voters, two leading experts will argue at a debate at the forthcoming economic and social research council's festival of social science (6 - 15 march).
Press Release | 25 February 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media
A group of leading uk scientists and social scientists led by the esrc genomics forum, based at the university of edinburgh, calls for joined-up thinking on the emerging politics of plants.
Most recent grants
Dr DENISE HEWLETT | Area & Development Studies | 17 February 2014
‘tranquillity' is commonly experienced in areas of outstanding natural beauty where it is a key motive for visitors. This popularity means that managing organisations must ensure that development is sensitive to ecological, social and economic ...
Professor Peter Edwards | Sociology | 14 February 2014
There is now a broad consensus that new forms of social data emerging from people’s day-to-day activities on the web have the potential to transform the social sciences. However, there is also agreement that current analytical techniques fall s ...
Dr Olli Hellmann | 01 February 2014
A large body of academic literature has emerged in recent years studying ‘electoral authoritarian’ regimes. However, so far, this literature has failed to give satisfactory answers to two fundamental questions:
do repeated elections unde ...
Professor Paul Gready | Socio Legal Studies | 13 January 2014
The arab world was shaken in 2011 by a series of popular movements, collectively known as the 'arab spring(s)'. Who is driving (and contesting) change, and what kind of change is being sought? this study addresses such questions in the context of the ...
Dr Lisa Vanhala | Socio Legal Studies | 01 January 2014
This research investigates the burgeoning role of courts in climate change politics. Courts, and the litigants that prompt them to action, are having an increasingly important say in how greenhouse gas emissions and their impacts should be regulated. ...
Dr Thomas Scotto | 01 January 2014
Recent horrific events in syria have shocked politicians and publics alike. They also have played a key role demonstrating the importance of public opinion in foreign policy-making. emphasising the effects of public opinion on foreign policy c ...
Dr Jessica Pykett | 31 December 2013
Drawing on insights from research disciplines such as behavioural economics, neuroscience and psychology, ‘behaviour change’ policies have been the subject of much media commentary, exploring charges of the 'nanny state' and psychological ...
Ms Melanie Bethan Elaine Griffiths | Political Sociology | 31 December 2013
The right to respect for a family life under the european convention on human rights has come under fierce political criticism in recent years. The growing suspicion that it allows undesirable non-citizens to undermine the state's ability to deport h ...
Dr Alexandra Homolar | Security Studies | 31 December 2013
Perceptions of insecurity are a key source of violent conflict and international instability. Through the lens of policy language, this project examines how perceptions of insecurity are created and maintained, and how depictions of enmity foster pub ...
Dr Jo Ingold | Employment Studies | 31 December 2013
Helping unemployed people to obtain work is of critical concern for both public policy and society. ‘welfare to work’ programmes have a key role to play in addressing this, yet we know little about how the organisations which deliver such ...
Most recent outputs
Filippa Lentzos | 30 September 2014 | Sociology | End of Grant Report
Key findings res-070-27-0003
Jenny Pearce | 30 September 2014 | Pol. sci. & internat. studies | End of Grant Report
Key findings esk0055371
David Benson | 30 September 2014 | Environmental Planning | End of Grant Report
Key findings esj0215041
Zaheer Abbas Kazmi | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings esj0031151
Paul Heywood | 30 September 2014 | Political Science | End of Grant Report
Key findings - res-000-22-4407
Nicola Mcewen | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0070681
Robert Walker | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0055291
Caleb Johnston | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0005942
Kimberly Mckee | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esj0211721
Stephen Mckay | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esj0118192