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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.

Flowing river

Efficient flood response – 800 years ago

Medieval societies were surprisingly well organised to cope with natural disasters, according to recent findings from the ESRC-funded Earthquakes without Frontiers research programme.

Angry man online

Why the hate? Abusive behaviour in social media

A new ESRC-funded project aims to study the 'social media ecosystem' to better understand how user behaviours, global communication networks and flows of information interact to promote hateful and socially disruptive content.

Sun and turbines

The cost of being green

As renewable energy generation grows in popularity, how are wind farms affecting local house prices?

Couple in bed

More partners, less sex: UK sexuality uncovered

We debut early and carry on into older age, but have sex less often than before, according to findings on Brits' sexual behaviour from the third NATSAL survey. However, the frequency of sex for has fallen from over six times to just under five per month over the past decade.


Predicting the cost of energy

The methods for forecasting energy costs are improving, but with the complexities involved the key challenge is to communicate how uncertain the estimates are, concludes a new report from the UK Energy Research Centre.

Reception desk

Better times for work life

"Despite the recession there are signs that working life has improved in a number of respects for those who have been lucky enough to stay in work," says Professor Stephen Wood, following first findings from the 2011 Workplace Employee Relations Survey.

Coins and economy

Ready for a new Festival of Economics

Following the success and public interest around the inaugural event last year, the 2013 Festival of Economics, co-sponsored by the ESRC, is about to be launched in Bristol.


Making money grow on trees

The ESPA-funded Mikoko Pamoja carbon credit project aims to generate £7,500 a year for villages in Kenya's Gazi Bay - by preserving mangrove swamps and selling carbon credits to business.

Gas ring

Simplifying UK energy policies

ESRC-funded research shows that fewer and less complex charges for carbon emissions would cut costs and make the system more effective.

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