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Child shouting

Children's voices are being heard loud and clear in Belfast

The old adage that children should be seen but not heard appears to be becoming a thing of the past, at least in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey, with questions even being designed by children themselves. The results of the survey will be unveiled in November as part of the national Festival of Social Science, organised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Transplant

Celebrating our transplant anniversary

Almost 30 years ago in 1984 Ben Hardwick touched the whole nation’s hearts when his mother appealed on Esther Rantzen’s BBC programme That’s Life for a new liver to save his life. His and other stories have been collected as part of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and will be heard for the first time at an event as part of the Festival of Social Science.

Courtroom

Animations in court cause jury errors

Using animated evidence in court can confuse and bias a jury, according to new research. The research will be presented at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure decisions now a matter of 'life and death'

Carbon-neutral planning and design needs to be embedded in infrastructure decisions now if we are to achieve a low carbon economy within 30 years, claims Keith Clarke CBE. Mr Clarke will make this claim in a debate to be held during the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science

Raising a hat

Rude Britannia – what our politeness says about our nation

Britain is still a nation of polite people and fears that texts, tweets and Facebook are making people ruder is a myth, according to research from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The research will be presented at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual Festival of Social Science

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