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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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'Transforming' Social Science

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is delighted to announce the 20 successful grants of the first Transformative Research Call, a pilot for 2012/2013.

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Edinburgh team launch work on Scottish HE's future

A team of University of Edinburgh researchers is launching a series of events addressing major issues around the funding and future of higher education in Scotland, beginning with a one-day seminar this Wednesday (22 May) in the Scottish capital.

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How teenagers cope with inner-city risks

With concerns often expressed about youth crime and violence in the UK, researchers have been investigating what young people really think about living in an inner-city neighbourhood that has high levels of deprivation, crime and gang activity.

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How family conflict affects children

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reveals why some children are badly affected by negative family conflicts while other children survive without significant problems.

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Depression: why life can feel out of control

People with depression often feel their life is out of control. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) suggests that these feeling may be caused by subtle changes in the way depressed people perceive time and process their surroundings.

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Primary pupils miss out on the outdoors

Outdoor play and learning can make an important contribution to helping children make the transition from early years education into primary school, an innovative research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has concluded.

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How can we prepare better for emergencies?

Well designed and planned exercises are essential to ensure that the UK can respond effectively to emergencies of all kinds, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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New team to navigate local government

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Local Government Navigator Team. Building relationships, raising the profile of social science research and identifying opportunities for collaboration will be the main focus of the team.

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UK-India Initiative on Social Sciences PhD Partnering launched

A new UK-India PhD Partnering Initiative in the Social Sciences has been launched with funding from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)

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Myths of man-hating feminists make feminism unpopular

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) suggests that, in rejecting feminism, women are often seeking to position themselves within conventional norms of femininity and heterosexuality

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Help in reading foreign languages

Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language (SFL) more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to help in understanding foreign language forms, reports, contracts and instructions.

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UK Human Geography no.1 in the world

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are launching the results of a benchmarking review of human geography today

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A picture of health in schools

Feeling comfortable and confident in sport, health, or PE can be very difficult for some young people who can be seen as a 'risk' of becoming obese. Young people from ethnic minorities, especially girls, are more likely to be physically inactive and unhealthy.

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Romantic delusions allow online dating scams to flourish

As international criminal gangs increasingly target online dating and social networking sites, as a means of extorting money from unwary victims, research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) suggests that new strategies are needed for tackling the crime and supporting its victims.

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Official launch of the Tax Administration Research Centre

The official launch of the Tax Administration Research Centre is taking place on Tuesday 12 February at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster. The centre is a joint partnership between the University of Exeter and the Institute of Fiscal Studies, and received funding of £2 million from the ESRC, HMRC and HMT.

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Finding out how today's teens tick

The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) will be conducting an age 14 survey after receiving funding of £3.5 million from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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RELU Director wins prestigious international award

On 28 January 2013 Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme Director Philip Lowe was awarded the Bertebos Prize for his significant contributions to sustainable rural development and land use management.

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Recession hits workplaces, but not employee attitudes

According to the latest Workplace Employment Relations Study, the recession has had a profound impact on Britain's workplaces. In many workplaces, managers have responded with changes in their staffing practices, with one third of employees seeing their wages frozen or cut and 29 per cent seeing their workload increased.

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Research to kick-start the UK economy

What will it take put the UK back on the path of sustained economic growth? Re-igniting Growth, published by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), includes a series of interviews with key academics funded by the ESRC.

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Unique software supports behavioural intervention programmes

The internet offers users a cost-effective way of accessing information and advice on any health problem, 24-hours a day. A group of social scientists has taken advantage of this by developing software which enables other researchers to easily create interactive internet-based intervention programmes to support behavioural change

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New centres and large grants funding announced

Following the latest call for the centres and large grants competition, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce overall funding of nearly £30m for eight new investments.

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