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Educated unemployed: changing the global south

Feature | 17 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools

The majority of young people live in the underdeveloped countries of the global south, where increased access to schooling has led to the phenomenon of the 'educated unemployed' - frustrated by the lack of social and economic opportunities.

Europe - a lion or an elephant?

Feature | 23 May 2014 | General public, International, Press/media

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

Towards independence?

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 ...

Crowded in, blissed out

Feature | 21 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Esrc-funded research shows that people in a crowd can have a sense of shared identity with others, align their goals, transcend everyday concerns, and experience intensely positive feelings and an enhanced sense of well-being.

No place to go

Feature | 20 December 2013 | General public, Press/media

Research has found that one of the key barriers to resolving site planning for gypsies and travellers is the creation of conflict through political and media discussion.

Celebrity aspiration

Feature | 16 December 2013 | General public, Schools

Young people's talk about celebrities serves important social functions - making sense of the massive inequality and replacing envy with pleasure in being 'ordinary', shows research.

Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

Questions of independence

Feature | 18 September 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

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.

The 'britishness' of gibraltar

Feature | 10 September 2013 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools

Gibraltarians' sense of britishness had changed profoundly, and are now at least as likely to celebrate a specifically gibraltarian identity as a british one. New esrc-funded research will be exploring the ethnic identity of the people of gibraltar.

Funding boost for groundbreaking gaelic dictionary

Feature | 26 July 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The faclair na gã idhlig (dictionary of the scottish gaelic language) which is part-funded by the esrc, has now been given a boost by a â£2 million funding package from the scottish funding council (sfc). The dictionary will fully document the histor ...

Case studies

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Old villages in a new china

Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, International, Press/media

Professor fulong wu's research into socially sustainable urbanisation is contributing to the shaping of chinese urban and planning policies.

Press releases

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Where do i belong? – photo competition

Press Release | 11 November 2013 | Academic, General public, Press/media

The esrc is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013/14 photographic competition – where do i belong? the competition is open to all young people, who are invited to take a picture of where they feel they belong - whether it’s a place, what the ...

Family first – caring within uk bangladeshi and pakistani communities

Press Release | 18 June 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Over the next 20 years the proportion of older people living within the bangladeshi and pakistani communities in the uk will increase significantly according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

‘mixed’ family mums ensure minority culture continues in the home

Press Release | 15 May 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The mothers of britain’s 'mixed families' are ensuring their children learn about their heritage and culture, according to a development project funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Experiences of migrant children: at home abroad

Press Release | 09 May 2012 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Schools, local councils and professionals need better guidance and training to work with migrant families from eastern europe and their children, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Uk is a nation of supportive partners

Press Release | 14 February 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Partners provide a vital source of positive emotional support for the vast majority of people in the uk. Nine out of ten people who were married or cohabiting talk to their partner about their worries, according to data from understanding society, th ...

What we mean when we ask for the milk

Press Release | 13 February 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

New research into the different ways that english and polish people use language in everyday family situations can help members of each community to understand each other better and avoid cultural misunderstandings.

Glasgow in the 'good old days'

Press Release | 28 October 2011 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

With corned beef making a comeback, period dramas filling primetime tv and the styles of the 60s and 80s frequently gracing the fashion catwalks, nostalgia is playing an important role in everyday life.

Young people lead the way in communities working together

Press Release | 28 October 2011 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

As police and politicians seek fast-track solutions to the recent violence on the streets of england’s cities, student volunteers and teachers from the university of central lancashire (uclan) have started a new project, ‘global youth leaders’, ...

Uk brains are under threat

Press Release | 26 October 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The british appetite for zombies is becoming a growing trend. From computer games and films to organised zombie walks though britain’s cities, the proliferation of zombies seems to be everywhere.

Leeds puts britain on trial

Press Release | 24 October 2011 | General public, Schools

The young people of leeds will have a unique opportunity later this month to come together and discuss institutional racism and other social issues facing britain today. The event coincides with the start of a retrial of two men charged with the murd ...


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Maximising the developmental impact of philanthropy: from theory to practice.

Professor Roderick Stirrat | Development Studies | 01 March 2014

This project builds upon earlier research into the potential role of charity and philanthropy to support development using colombo as a case study. The earlier research indicated a considerable demand for assistance in defining more sustainable and e ...

Social media analysis for social geography

Professor Paul Watson | Social Geography | 14 February 2014

Many believe that social media data has the potential to give real insights into communities. However, there is a real challenge in unlocking this knowledge due to the enormous size and speed with which the data is generated, and a lack of understand ...

Casma: citizen-centric approaches to social media analysis

Professor Derek Mcauley | Psychology | 14 February 2014

The spread of the internet into nearly every aspect of our daily lives has stimulated the growth of a vibrant and expanding set of systems to support social interaction via a range of internet connected devices. Often collectively referred to as soci ...

Work-life balance in the recession and beyond

Professor Suzan Lewis | 02 January 2014

This series of seven one-day seminars focuses on the impacts of the economic recession and austerity measures on work-life balance (wlb) and associated policies. Both may be adversely affected if economic pressures overshadow social and individual co ...


Most recent outputs

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Attitudes to migration and integration

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.