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New online tool for language researchers

Feature | 23 April 2013 | Academic, Press/media

The new instruments for research into second language learning (iris) database allows any language researcher to upload and download materials free of charge.

Researchers team up with google to explore data

Feature | 12 April 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media

The google data analytics social science research initiative will explore how publicly accessible online data, analytical and presentational tools can answer pressing social science questions.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Trust me - i'm a politician

Feature | 05 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Politicians will find it hard to persuade voters to trust them more because there's a big gap between the kinds of behaviour the two camps think of as unethical, according to new research.

Staying safe online

Feature | 05 February 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

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.

The life of a servant: less downton, more downtrodden

Feature | 28 September 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

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 seri ...

Putting toilets on the map with open data

Feature | 30 July 2012 | Academic, General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The great british public toilet map has been developed as part of an esrc-funded research project tackling ageing continence through theory tools and technology (tact3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displ ...

Opinion: the net effect

Feature | 01 March 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Professor helen margetts assesses how the internet has made a difference to collective action, participation and protest.

Moulding the future of plastic electronics

Feature | 26 January 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The expanding market of plastic electronics is identified as a key area of development for the uk.

Case studies

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The sheep that stopped grassland fires

Case Study | 02 January 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Working with the south wales fire and rescue service, the brass research centre achieved a 46 per cent reduction in deliberate grassfires in the south wales valleys by the use of social marketing techniques.

Safe web space for children

Case Study | 16 November 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The uk children go online project has had a substantial impact on the design of safeguards to protect children from harmful material on the internet.

Press releases

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Launch of esrc's new web portal

Press Release | 27 January 2011 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The esrc's new web portal is launched today, thursday 27 january 2010, with straight to the point easy navigation and dynamic research content on important topics some of the new features. The new website will be the first port of call for anyone int ...

Graphic partnership brings life to council data

Press Release | 14 July 2010 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Data visualisation techniques that generate sophisticated graphics could bring a fresh dimension to communications and decision-making by public bodies like local councils, according to research completed for the economic and social research council ...

Hearing is not all down to your ears

Press Release | 18 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

A fascinating event looking at sign language research is to be held at university college london on 20 march as part of the economic and social research council's (esrc) festival of social science (21-21 march).

Sheffield's young people have their say

Press Release | 15 March 2010 | Higher education, Press/media, Schools

A film created by secondary school children from sheffield is giving them a chance to have their views heard on a topic close to their hearts: the design of their school. The film also offers practical recommendations on how to get children engaged i ...

The role of baby-sign in child development

Press Release | 09 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

The event 'communicating with your baby' has been organised by professor karen pine from the university of hertfordshire. Members of her team, neil howlett and dr liz kirk, will be sharing their findings on 'baby-sign'- a form of non-verbal communica ...

Generation 2012: what have the olympics ever done for us?

Press Release | 04 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

The youth of london have an urgent message for the world about life in the capital and what the olympic games and its legacy will really mean for those living in its shadow. Generation 2012, an event which is part of the economic and social research ...

Words matter in public health

Press Release | 07 August 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Giving people a sense of being in control is an important element in health messages, according to researchers at nottingham and de montfort universities.


Most recent grants

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Pregnancy termination trajectories in zambia: maximising research impact

Dr Ernestina Coast | Social Policy | 01 June 2014

Unsafe abortion is a significant preventable cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. In zambia it remains a major challenge, despite legalised abortion and a favourable policy framework. This project aims to maximise the impact of research that ha ...

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 ...

Exploring the effects of learning and motivation on visual cognition

Professor Jane Raymond | Cognitive Psychology | 01 February 2014

This project will investigate how the motivational context in which visual stimuli are presented influences visual cognition. Motivational contexts are established through learning processes that allow associations between motivationally salient (rew ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...


Most recent outputs

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Susan Leekam | 30 September 2014 | Psychology | End of Grant Report

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