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Plowing

Educated unemployed: changing the Global South

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.

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.

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.

Sports arena crowd

Crowded in, blissed out

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.

Caravan site

No place to go

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

Celebrity aspiration

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.

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.

Gibraltar

The 'Britishness' of Gibraltar

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.

Dictionary

Funding boost for groundbreaking Gaelic dictionary

The Faclair na Gàidhlig (Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language) which is part-funded by the ESRC, has now been given a boost by a £2 million funding package from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The dictionary will fully document the history of the Gaelic language from 1100 onwards.

Ploughing

Zimbabwe land reforms: myths and surprises

A study supported by the ESRC and the Department for International Development presents some surprising results of the controversial Zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.

Muslim woman

Muslim communities successfully integrating

Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into British and German cities for some time, according to research presented at the NORFACE Migration Conference at University College London this week.

City

Cities sap our powers of concentration

New ESRC- funded research shows that if you live in an isolated rural area you are likely to concentrate better than if you live in a city.

Scotland puzzle

Scottish attitudes to 'devo max'

A report from ScotCen Social Research and the Electoral Reform Society used data from the ESRC-supported Scottish Social Attitudes Survey to find out ordinary citizens' attitudes to further devolution.

David Bell

Scotland's welfare challenge

Whether independent or devolved from the UK, Scotland is set to gain more control over welfare spending – but politicians have not engaged with the challenging issues of welfare spending in the future, warns Professor David Bell, a Future of the UK and Scotland Fellow.

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Staying safe online

The Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression (VOME) project developed new methods to raise public awareness about internet security, an issue highlighted with today's celebration of Safer Internet Day.

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Second wave of data from large-scale survey

The second full set of data from the Understanding Society survey has been released, marking a milestone in the extensive longitudinal research project covering 30,500 households.

Indian student

'Study hard, aim high' for working class British Asians

A recent ESRC study found that many working-class ethnic minority families are inspiring their children to be high educational achievers – even if the parents have had very little education themselves.

Butler with tray

The life of a servant: less Downton, more downtrodden

Servant lives a century ago consisted of backbreaking work, long hours, low pay and often complete segregation from their superiors, says Dr Pamela Cox, Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at Essex University and presenter of a new BBC series.

St Paul's Cathedral

Religion and Society debate with Rowan Williams and Tony Blair

The Westminster Faith debates, organised by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, concluded with a debate between former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore.

Hafod Copperworks

When Welsh copper conquered the world

An exhibition focusing on the Welsh copper industry examines how this global industry affected Wales' social, cultural and urban development.

Veiled woman

The fashion of faith

The market of 'modest fashion' is growing ever larger, with women - mostly for religious reasons - using mainstream fashion to achieve their definition of modesty.

Sign language

Changing signs for the Queen's speech

Research shows that Deaf translation of the Queen's speeach has changed over the last decades, from Sign Supported English to an emerging 'Received Pronunciation' of British Sign Langauge.

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Making sense of the census

The 'stock take' of UK residents on census day Sunday 27 March provides valuable data for social scientists.

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