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Read the latest press releases from ESRC and our major investments. You can access press releases that we have published since 2009.

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Berlin street

Urban landscape's power to hurt or heal

Research shows that street furniture, barriers, parks, public spaces and neighbourhood architecture can stir up powerful emotions in local residents. This should be taken into account in programmes designed to reduce tensions and foster community cohesion.

Euroface

Experiences of migrant children: at home abroad

Schools, local councils and professionals need better guidance and training to work with migrant families from Eastern Europe and their children, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Ancient barmaid

Key lessons from history on alcohol taxes

Steep rises in taxes on alcohol do not necessarily reduce consumption, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) into the history of intoxicants in 16th and 17th England.

Boy on Computer

Not all today’s students are 'tech-savvy'

A small minority of today's university students don't use email and others are confused by the array of technologies available at universities. Yet many students couldn’t bear to be without their mobile phones and find themselves distracted by social networking sites during study.

School girls

Raising the school leaving – while learning from another age

In April 1947 the Labour Government raised the school leaving age from 14 to 15. It was raised to 16 in 1972. As the UK prepares to raise the 'education participation age' to 17 in 2013 and to 18 in 2015, new research reveals that the 1947 and 1972 transitions met with more controversy and difficulty than previously thought.

Planning

Empowered citizens or hopeful bystanders?

The new political appetite for 'localism' in town planning has triggered anxiety within local communities and amongst those charged with making it work, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Coalmine

UN emission market needs urgent reform

The United Nations (UN) global carbon market requires substantial reform because it too often fails to support the projects and people it is meant to help, according to new research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

UK Large Map

Survey paints a portrait of the UK

A complex and fascinating portrait of a society suffering the effects of the deepest recession since the early 1990s and in which young people appear to have been hardest hit is revealed by new findings from the UK’s largest longitudinal household survey Understanding Society.

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