The category of 'torture' has been used by Western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the British state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to research.
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Almost a quarter of people on jury service are confused about rules on internet use during a trial, according to findings from the ESRC-funded UCL Jury Project.
Despite more women than men studying at UK medical schools, women are far less likely than male colleagues to pursue a career in surgery. ESRC-funded researchers have partnered with RCS and surgical society Scalpel to encourage women to become surgeons.
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.
Building on waves 1 and 2 of the main Understanding Society survey, the first release of health assessment data is now available.
A pioneering ESRC study by linguistics researchers has shown that 'story time' in primary schools can be used as a subtle way to introduce complex language structures to young children.
Both insurance buyers and insurance sellers frequently fail to assess risks accurately, according to new research. An ESRC-supported report concludes that when people make assessments about rare events, they often tend to misjudge a number of factors.
The new Instruments for Research into Second Language Learning (IRIS) database allows any language researcher to upload and download materials free of charge.
More pressure at work, increased job insecurity and less trust in political institutions are some of the impacts of the recession, according to a new report from the European Social Survey.
New research has established a definite link between the physical condition synaesthesia and the capacity for feeling empathy. Brain scans show that the 'social brain' not directly affected by test stimuli is being activated.
The ACS Global Summit, supported by the ESRC, has provided the opportunity to encourage debate and knowledge exchange between leading practitioners and social scientists within the retail sector.
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.
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.
Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History at the University of Warwick and Director of the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, examines how the economic policies of the Thatcher era affected the UK economy.
A comparison of Bangladeshi women living in Cardiff and in Bangladesh shows poorer health among those living in Cardiff, with considerably more obesity. A less active lifestyle and a more unhealthy diet are the main reasons.
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.
The challenges of food security, global food systems and our dependence on food imports is explored in a new report based on an ESRC Public Policy Seminar.
Following the Chancellor’s presentation of the 2013 Budget yesterday, the ESRC-supported Institute for Fiscal Studies has produced an analysis of key Budget features.
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.
When life spans increase, people become more concerned with their rights, pushing societies towards democracy, argues Tim Dyson of the London School of Economics. While this demographic transition has taken 200 years in Europe, China might be through this change by 2030.
A House of Lords inquiry examining the pressures facing the health service drew heavily on research evidence from the ESRC-supported Institute for Fiscal Studies.
New research on mummies challenges the conventional belief that fatty arteries are caused by unhealthy lifestyles. The study came about through the Digging into Data Challenge, a research initiative co-funded by the ESRC.
In the first major survey of foreign policy attitudes in Britain, researchers have found that most people did not simply support or oppose the use of force on principle, but instead made a judgment based on various aspects of the situation.
The austerity cuts in public spending have brought pressure on protected areas such as international aid. But the UK aid programme is a definite source of 'soft power' for Britain, argues Professor Paul Collier in a Britain in 2013 article.
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.