ESRC research syntheses

As part of our Science in Society strategy, we are committed to supporting research and ensuring that the findings are disseminated widely to those involved in the delivery of activity and policy development.

We have jointly commissioned several reviews, covering a variety of science in society topics. The reviews aim to summarise what is already known from published and current research, and to highlight what further research questions remain.

You can download the completed syntheses below.

Public attitudes to Global Uncertainties: a research synthesis exploring the trends and gaps in knowledge

This synthesis, commissioned for the cross-council programme Global Uncertainties, looks at what is currently known about public attitudes to the research areas under the programme.

Widening participation from undergraduate to postgraduate research degrees

This synthesis, commissioned by the ESRC and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, highlights the trends and gaps in knowledge about what is known about widening participation in higher education.

Public attitudes to environmental change: a selective review of theory and practice

This synthesis, commissioned by the ESRC and RCUK for the cross-council programme Living With Environmental Change, looks as what is currently known about public attitudes to environmental change.

Improving the take-up of science and technology in secondary school

This synthesis, commissioned by the ESRC and the Department for Children, Schools and Families, looks at what is currently known about teaching practices, the types of initiatives which are available and what impact they are having.

PhD graduates' career choices and impact: a review of UK evidence

This synthesis, commissioned by the ESRC and RCUK's Research Careers and Diversity Unit, reviews what is currently known about the career choices of students who have completed their PhDs.

Segmenting publics

This synthesis, commissioned by the ESRC and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, examines audience segmentation methods and tools in the area of public engagement.