Responding to change

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Sharing flood knowledge

Feature | 11 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

An esrc-funded research project is exploring the storing and sharing of flood memories, as a resource bank for communities at risk.

All work and low pay in recession

Feature | 12 February 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The sixth workplace employment relations study, co-funded by the esrc, reveals that the tough economic climate has led to pronounced increases in workload and working hours for many employees in britain.

Staying safe online

Feature | 05 February 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The visualisation and other methods of expression (vome) project developed new methods to raise public awareness about internet security, an issue highlighted with today's celebration of safer internet day.

Trusting our data to online services

Feature | 25 July 2012 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The visualisation and other methods of expression project, part of the esrc-supported ensuring privacy and consent programme, has designed a set of design principles to help online service providers respond to the privacy, consent and information nee ...

Understanding how stress triggers bipolar mood swings

Feature | 22 May 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Financial problems, marital difficulties, job loss and personal illness can trigger episodes of bipolar depression and mania, according to new research findings.

The low-carbon dream

Feature | 15 September 2011 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Schools

Many of us claim to be concerned about the environment - but to really be sustainable we need to shift our thinking from a blind faith in technology to a deeper understanding of the links between our lifestyles and the environment, argues professor t ...

Warning: this office may cause your brain to shrink

Feature | 08 August 2011 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

Personal work space can improve our performance, esrc-funded psychologist dr craig knight says in the channel 4 programme the secret life of buildings.

Opinion: living longer still seen as a problem

Feature | 26 January 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Professor alan walker: an ageing uk population represents both challenges and opportunities, but requires both a change in attitudes and targeted policies.

Case Studies

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Worldwide response to welsh carrier bag levy

Case Study | 21 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

An academic survey of the carrier bag levy in wales has caused the welsh government to redraft its advice for businesses.

Boosting resilience for young people

Case Study | 19 August 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Resilient therapy, a successful resilience-boosting practice developed through esrc-funded research by professor angie hart, has been embedded in two community organisations.

Press Releases

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A woman's work is never done?

Press Release | 23 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

One of the greatest social changes across europe in recent decades has been the increase of women in the labour market. However, changes in women’s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the ...

New policies recognise needs of vulnerable sexual communities

Press Release | 02 November 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Following the implementation of new legislation equalities policy, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) community is now an aspect of staff training in local government according to research at the universities of newcastle and huddersfi ...

London 2012 will inspire tomorrow’s social scientists

Press Release | 30 October 2012 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Press/media, Schools

Young people in dorset will have the chance to question whether hosting london 2012 has brought benefits to the area in which they live as well as to the uk as a whole at an event as part of the economic and social research council’s (esrc) festival ...

Nudge or think: what works best for our society?

Press Release | 21 September 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

If approached in the right way, citizens are willing to change their behaviour and do more to help themselves and others, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Planned actions improve the way we process information

Press Release | 16 January 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Preparing to act in a particular way can improve the way we process information, and this has potential implications for those with learning disabilities according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)

If you plan, then you’ll do… but it helps to have a friend

Press Release | 04 January 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits but while you are more likely to do something if you plan it in advance according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)

School-in-a-bag reduces drop-out rates

Press Release | 28 November 2011 | Academic, Higher education, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

A more flexible approach to teaching methods and better community support could reduce school drop-out in high hiv-prevalence areas in sub-saharan africa.

What sort of youth centres do young people really want?

Press Release | 04 November 2011 | General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media

Politicians and local councillors are currently looking for the best way to control spending across services. At an event as part of the economic and social research council’s (esrc) festival of social science, researchers will find out how young peo ...

Young people lead the way in communities working together

Press Release | 28 October 2011 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

As police and politicians seek fast-track solutions to the recent violence on the streets of england’s cities, student volunteers and teachers from the university of central lancashire (uclan) have started a new project, ‘global youth leaders’, ...

Bedtimes and pensions: conference showcases the wealth of longitudinal research

Press Release | 27 June 2011 | Academic, General public, Press/media

The understanding society/bhps conference 2011 conference brings together researchers from all over the world to present and discuss a variety of research, using data primarily from two of britain’s most comprehensive household longitudinal studies. ...

Grants

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Urgent invite - after woolwich: social reactions on social media

Professor Martin Innes | Sociology | 15 February 2014

The research will analyse social reactions to the murder of drummer lee rigby in woolwich on 22 may 2013 using social media data collected from twitter, blogs and other sources.   such data uniquely enable the tracking of the evolution of public ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Urban Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...

Facilitating carers' mind-mindedness through education and early intervention

Professor Elizabeth Meins | Developmental psychology | 28 January 2014

This professorial fellowship focuses on extending the real-world impact of the academic literature on caregivers' ‘mind-mindedness’ - the ability to 'tune in' to what a young child may be thinking or feeling. Previous research has demonst ...

Transformative justice in tunisia and egypt

Professor Paul Gready | Socio Legal Studies | 13 January 2014

The arab world was shaken in 2011 by a series of popular movements, collectively known as the 'arab spring(s)'. Who is driving (and contesting) change, and what kind of change is being sought? this study addresses such questions in the context of the ...

Outputs

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A brain-potential correlate of task-set conflict

Heike Elchlepp | 01 May 2014 | Psychology | Journal article

Brain-potential correlates of response conflict are well documented, but those of task conflict are not. Task-switching studies have suggested a plausible correlate of task conflict—a poststimulus posterior negativity—however, in such paradigms the n ...

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers

Low carbon energy for development network

Rob Byrne | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

The lcedn was established to (1) identify the strengths of uk-based research in low carbon energy and nature of collaborations with researchers