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New tools developed to capture the full value of nature

Our interactions with natural spaces can be experienced in a number of ways; we might take a stroll in a woodland or picnic with friends in a park. In 2011 UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) concluded that the natural world and its ecosystems are important to our wellbeing and economic prosperity.

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Researchers funded for collaborative projects that cross boundaries

€15 million has been awarded to fifteen research projects that will allow academics in Europe and the United States to collaborate on a range of exciting projects that will push the boundaries of our understanding of individual and social behaviour and influence policy.

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Same-sex marriage shows civil partnerships were 'never enough'

As the first gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales prepare to walk down the aisle this Saturday (29 March) to get legally married, research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that civil partnerships could never have met the demands for full equality between gay and straight couples.

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Winners announced of ESRC national photography competition

The ESRC has announced the winners of a national photography competition in which we challenged young people aged 14-18 for their unique take on society and the social sciences, by taking a picture on the theme of 'Where Do I Belong?'

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Young people show where they belong

Almost 1,000 teenagers aged 14 to 18 from across the UK entered the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) photographic competition – giving their own artistic twist to the question of 'Where Do I Belong?'

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Informal economy missing from climate change debate

The informal economy accounts for two thirds of the Indian economy and some 90 per cent of jobs, but is ignored in current climate change policy and mitigation debates. This presents a major problem if governments wish to make fast responses to climate change, says ESRC-funded researcher Professor Barbara Harriss-White.


Energy consumers could have lost out by £2 billion per year

Research findings contributed to a change in Ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to £2 billion a year. This month sees the publication of the first annual competition review into the energy sector.

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Tackling the challenges of dementia

The ESRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are awarding £20 million to six research projects which will significantly add to our understanding of dementia.

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Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

The ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, formally launched today, represents a significant boost to the debate on the future of Scotland

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Top earners' wages growing faster than for rest in Scotland

Scotland's top one per cent of income earners - about 25,000 people - have increased their wages and total income at a greater rate than the rest of the nation's workers in the past decade, according to a new report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Where do I belong? – photo competition

The ESRC is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013/14 photographic competition – Where do I belong? The competition is open to all young people, who are invited to take a picture of where they feel they belong - whether it’s a place, what they do, who they are with, or where they want to be in the future.

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The state of Britain today debated at flagship festival event

Leading social scientists will reflect on some of the country’s most pressing issues at a showcase event on Thursday 7 November. The evening will also see launch of Britain in 2014, the ESRC's definitive annual magazine featuring key data and expert opinion on the state of the nation today.


Countryside bearing the burden in "Big Society"

Empowering local people to help out in their communities is one of the flagship policies of the government's 'Big Society'. However, new research suggests some communities are bearing more of the burden than others. The research will be discussed at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual Festival of Social Science.

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Does talking about race fuel racism?

Imagine if we just stopped mentioning race, would the EDL and other far right groups cease to exist? If we stopped talking about race, would racial discrimination suddenly disappear? The topic 'Does talking about race fuel racism?' will be explored at an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Dementia isn't the end of fun!

Ways in which popular technologies can be used to enable people with dementia to have fun as well as unlock memories and enhance communication with relatives and carers will be showcased during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

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Witnesses of crime need help to remember

The memory of people who have witnessed or been victims of crime is prone to errors which law officials must take into account when proceeding with criminal cases, according to research to be presented at an event as part of this year's annual Festival of Social Science.

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Maori culture teaches us that families are crucial to helping with mental health crises

Health service providers could learn from New Zealand Maoris when it comes to helping adults who have had mental health problems to get back on their feet, new research suggests. In Maori culture close family and friends are intimately involved with helping people with difficulties, and such family-based approaches appear to have advantages over conventional methods where professionals tend to take the lead.

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