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Elderly man in wheelchair

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.

Flood rescue


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.

Olympic Stadium (Photo: London 2012)

Olympic impact

On 9 September 2012, six weeks of Olympic and Paralympic frenzy came to a close in London's Olympic park, marking the beginning of a legacy set to last decades. There is little in the way of precedent for such huge projects – so how can we better understand their successes, challenges, and impacts?

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.


Choosing wisely

Professor Anand Menon, research co-ordinator for the ESRC initiative on 'The UK in a Changing Europe', discusses the UK’s complicated relationship with Europe and the possible outcomes of a referendum on EU membership.

Small business owner

Small business, big impact

ERC research highlights the remarkable growth in the importance of small firms – but with some 'brutal facts': around 75 per cent of new firms that start small stay small; and over a decade, around 75-80 per cent of all new firms will close.


IPCC report: "Climate change is already happening"

It’s the "most comprehensive assessment to date" of the impacts of climate change. ESRC-funded researchers have contributed to the latest report from UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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