Most recent features
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.
Feature | 17 September 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Legalising cannabis would bring both benefits and disadvantages - but the current debate is much too limited, argues a report from the institute for social and economic research; there is a lack of hard evidence, and few of the most vocal participant ...
Feature | 16 September 2013 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools
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.
Most recent case studies
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.
Case Study | 15 January 2010 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Researchers pointed out flaws in the statistical evidence underpinning the dna retention policy, leading to a revision of the scientific work.
Case Study | 26 March 2006 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Research led by professor simin davoudi investigating how policy and political pressures are influencing current processes across england have been central to new government guidance on waste policy.
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
David King | 02 May 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Impact Report
Esrc impact report
Sonia Exley | 02 May 2014 | Impact Report
Debates have long existed in western societies over school choice questions such as whether parents ought to be able to pay to send children to private schools or otherwise to avoid local neighbourhood schools within an education market in favour of ...
Anthony Heath | 02 May 2014 | Presentation/lecture
Presentation at the general election summit workshop ‘the power of the black vote’, organized by obv at the young foundation.
Anthony Heath | 02 May 2014 | Dissemination / Communication
Paper presented at a workshop chaired by claude moraes, mep, on ‘migration and integration: the future of our communities’ at the european parliament, brussels.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other publication/report
Article written by nicola mcewen for the esrc magazing 'society now' in which she analyses the scottish government’s white paper scotland’s future. Nicola mcewen highlights that the case for independence is built around three inter-linked themes: dem ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Audio/video recording
Nicola mcewen was interviewed for the report on scotland of bbc one on the uncertain consequences of a yes vote.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Invited speaker, carnegie trust/acosvo seminar on the approach of the charitable sector to the independence referendum, dunfermline. Nicola gave a presentation on the impact of independence on the third sector.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Nicola mcewen contributed as chair to a seminar organised by michael keating on small states in europe. Discussions focused on capacities and constraints of small states to influence decisions taken in eu institutions. Nicola also kicked-off the disc ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Presentation at the politics and international department's lecture series on the independence debate and the impact independence may have on scottish-uk relations. The event also served to present the different projects that were part of the applica ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other
Blog post written by nicola mcewen following speculations about voters from firth of scotland having a decisive influence on the referendum outcome. She argues that demographic factors will offer little in explaining why people will vote yes or no th ...