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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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Teenage boy

Children, brain development and the criminal law

The legal system needs to take greater account of new discoveries in neuroscience that show how a difficult childhood can affect the development of a young person's brain which can increase the risk adolescent crimes, according to researchers.

Sad refugee

Ending refugees’ exile

Often refugees cannot just return to their home country when conflict ends. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that for many refugees a quick return isn't the right answer.

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More to facial perception than meets the eye

People make complex judgements about a person from looking at their face that are based on a range of factors beyond simply their race and gender, according to findings of new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Student with laptop

Digital revolution bypassing UK education

Teaching and learning in the 21st century needs to be 'turbo-charged' by educational technology rather than using technologies designed for other purposes, according to a new TEL report.

Mentor

UK children need more volunteer male befrienders

Many boys say they would prefer a male befriender according to early findings, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Yet, less than a quarter of UK volunteer child befrienders are men.

head in a bag

Soldiers who desecrate the dead see themselves as hunters

Modern day soldiers who mutilate enemy corpses or take body-parts as trophies are usually thought to be suffering from the extreme stresses of battle according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Humanist funerals

Funeral directors need to be aware of the needs of non-religious people. A unique investigation into the subject funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides a snapshot of a defining aspect of life - or indeed death.

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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.

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