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50 years of social change

It’s 50 years since the Economic and Social Research Council was established. In that time it has resisted outside pressure from many directions, and has brought economic and social science to bear on the most important issues of the day.

A new wave of data

Understanding Society, a unique longitudinal study tracking people from 40,000 households across the UK, has released its 'Wave 4' data - gathered from the fourth of its annual set of interviews.

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Flawed Barnett formula protects against cuts

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.

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New insights from Understanding Society

New findings from the large Understanding Society study, which follows people in 40,000 households across the UK, is published in the new report Insights 2014.

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Referendum reflections

As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on Scotland’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.

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Retired couples keep standard of living

Most couples who have retired over the last decade have enough wealth to maintain their previous standard of living, according to IFS findings.

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Ten ways to make banking virtuous

The ESRC-funded report Virtuous Banking, published by the independent think tank ResPublica, argues that legal reforms alone will not save bankers from repeating past mistakes, and sets out ten recommendations to improve the sector.

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The Great War and the myths

A report from the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick has analysed common myths around causes and events of the Great War.

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Little impact on rent from benefit cuts

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 partners.

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Dealing with disability in developing countries

The ESRC-funded research project Social Protection and Disability: Policy Lessons from Vietnam is looking at how people with disabilities are supported through social protection programmes.

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The UK, the world and the people

The world's population has reached 7.2 billion and counting, today on World Population Day. Dr Jakub Bijak of the ESRC Centre for Population Change looks at future population trends in the UK and abroad.

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Fighting poverty with forest protection

Research on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) in the Amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.

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Changes ahead for the older population

The IFS report 'The Changing Face of Retirement' outlines the demographic and financial trends for those aged 65 and over in England up to 2022-23. It predicts that women aged 65 and over are likely to be healthier, be in paid work, and stay in a relationship with a longer-living husband.

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Happy families

Legislation to promote flexible working arrangements may be benefitting family relationships. A survey shows that flexible working has improved work-life balance for many people.

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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.

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Connecting with voters through social 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.

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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.

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A design for later life

By working with and learning from people in later life good design can contribute to the wellbeing of older people.

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Waterworld

Recent record rainfall and flooding across the UK have raised questions about how we manage our environment, deal with flooding and build a resilient infrastructure. ESRC-funded academics have been looking into how we respond to extreme weather, from flooding to drought, and how we use natural resources like water.

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