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Better spaces for older people

Urban planning needs to consider how older people use walking routes as well as public areas, concludes a Research Council UK-funded research project from the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. Planning should include a smooth transition between walking, driving and using public transport and should take account of how older people navigate between these.

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Maintaining mobility in older age

A study by the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, a joint initiative by Research Council's UK (RCUK), examines the relationship between successful ageing and mobility patterns.

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The hidden impact of AIDS on South African children

December 1st is World AIDS day. There are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV, 67 per cent in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. In South Africa alone, 5.6 million people are HIV-positive, with only 22 per cent having access to anti-retroviral medication.

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Britain in 2011: the state of the nation

Published on Friday 19 November 2010, the ESRC newsstand magazine Britain in 2011: The state of the nation showcases new ESRC-funded research, findings and expert comments covering a wide range of issues in our society today.

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Business getting the most from research

Management and business performance, rather than technological innovation, is the main focus for companies collaborating with universities, according to a major survey of businesses and research collaborations.

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Christopher Pissarides wins economic Nobel

Professor Chris Pissarides of the London School of Economics has been awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, jointly with Professors Peter Diamond and Dale Mortensen.

Diversity or deprivation - what makes a 'bad' neighbourhood

What people think about their neighbourhood is much more strongly influenced by deprivation than by the degree of ethnic mixing in the area, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), carried out by researchers from Portsmouth and Southampton Universities.

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Renewable energy needs more community power

The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the UK, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


UK youth justice system treats ethnic groups differently

New research from the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at King's College, London, examines whether the police and the youth justice system treat young people from different ethnic groups in different ways.

Appointments announced

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has appointed two new members to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

A leap forward in addiction awareness and control

A study by a team of researchers at Bangor University has designed and tested two programmes that help problem drinkers curb their alcohol abuse. The study shows positive results after drinkers have followed either the Alcohol Attention-Control Training Programme (AACTP) or the Life Enhancement and Advancement Programme (LEAP).

Graphic partnership brings life to council data

Data visualisation techniques that generate sophisticated graphics could bring a fresh dimension to communications and decision-making by public bodies like local councils, according to research completed for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Methods madness hits Oxford

Science is not all about people in white lab coats blowing things up. Social science research gives a different picture. Social Science can answer questions on large issues facing society such as understanding factors affecting voting behaviour, how labour markets work and how effective schools are in educating our children.

Rising inequality in the UK undermines mobility and social cohesion

New research, presented at a major international conference in London, demonstrates how inequality in education, skills and incomes reduces opportunity and undermines social cohesion. In education, for example, the social and ability mix of the school has a major impact on how well a child performs.

Hearing is not all down to your ears

A fascinating event looking at sign language research is to be held at University College London on 20 March as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (21-21 March).

Young people try out an emergency exercise

Swine flu, terrorist attacks and extreme weather have all been the subject of government preparedness exercises, but few people know what is involved in planning for emergencies.

Moving pictures: experience of migration

Who counts as a 'migrant'? Who are the people behind the statistics? The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford is holding an exhibition from 20 - 21 March at Oxford Town Hall Gallery.

The future of football: a public debate

With Sheffield's successful bid to be considered as one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup, Sheffield University and Sheffield United Football Club are inviting the public to join the giants of the football world and social scientists to discuss the state of the game.

Floods of tears

In June 2007, the east coast city of Hull was devastated by flooding which claimed the life of one man and displaced thousands of families from their homes.

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