Most recent features
Feature | 03 April 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Recent record rainfall and flooding across the uk have raised questions about how we manage our environment, deal with flooding and build a resilient infrastructure. Esrc-funded academics have been looking into how we respond to extreme weather, from ...
Feature | 31 March 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Itâ€™s the "most comprehensive assessment to date" of the impacts of climate change. Esrc-funded researchers have contributed to the latest report from un's intergovernmental panel on climate change (ipcc).
Feature | 19 November 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Voluntary sector
The espa-funded mikoko pamoja carbon credit project aims to generate â£7,500 a year for villages in kenya's gazi bay - by preserving mangrove swamps and selling carbon credits to business.
Feature | 04 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
As we enter climate week, poll results have revealed that public concern about environmental issues and climate change has sunk to a 20-year low since the beginning of the global financial crisis.
Feature | 26 February 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Regulations controlling air pollution from ships might be ineffective, suggests esrc-funded research. A minority of berthing ships in the uk and sweden are burning high-sulphur fuel in restricted control areas.
Feature | 14 March 2012 | General public, Press/media
A study of climate change as a social issue shows how the debate affects the views and attitudes of individuals and groups, and highlights how climate change is perceived differently across countries.
Feature | 13 April 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools
On the eve of the peak district national park anniversary, climate change is looming as a major challenge. But local pupils are keeping an eye on the health of the moorlands - as part of the festival of social science.
Feature | 26 January 2011 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Uk retailers, climate strategies and the role of partnership.
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 25 July 2014 | General public, Policymakers
Research has helped improve the design, communication and use of state-of-the-art flooding forecasts â€“ supporting flood planning and responses at local, national and international levels.
Case Study | 15 July 2010 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Policy recommendations from the sussex energy group have shaped the uk government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the chilean and indian governments on technology transfer policies.
Case Study | 15 October 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by esrc researchers at cardiff university, working in partnership with the uk environment law association.
Case Study | 15 October 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop pas 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 28 October 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media
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 ...
Press Release | 22 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Urban design directly affects temperature, wind, rain and air quality - but most planners build cities without an awareness of the urban climate effects they are creating.
Press Release | 21 March 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Data from findings from understanding society, the world’s largest household panel survey, show that people with degrees are 25 per cent more likely, on average, than people with no education qualifications to adopt pro-environmental behaviours, at l ...
Press Release | 31 January 2011 | Academic, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media
The largest joint initiative between european funding agencies in social sciences, the open research area scheme, announces its successful grants. The scheme is a new way of funding for the esrc, agence nationale de la recherche, deutsche forschungsg ...
Press Release | 11 October 2010 | General public, Press/media
Seven new energy and communities research projects will examine how we use energy, our understanding of energy use, and effective community energy management.
Press Release | 10 September 2010 | General public, Press/media
The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the uk, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).
Press Release | 17 March 2010 | Academic, General public, Press/media
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the uk may be those who have contributed least to the problem, according to climate change experts.
Press Release | 12 March 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
The winner of the 2010 economic and social research council (esrc) knowledge transfer partnership prize for the best application of social or management science has saved the bradford and airedale teaching primary care trust (pct) an estimated £350,0 ...
Press Release | 03 March 2010 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Now in its eighth year, the economic and social research council's (esrc) festival of social science is aiming to provoke debate and discussion about climate change and the environment from young people across the uk.
Press Release | 23 November 2009 | General public, Press/media
70 per cent of households always separate their rubbish for recycling, but only 2 per cent buy their energy on a green tariff, according to the early findings of a major new annual household survey, called understanding society, funded by the economi ...
Most recent grants
Dr Mirca Madianou | Econ, Pol & Env Anthropology | 19 March 2014
This project aims to assess the uses and consequences of communication technologies in the disaster recovery from typhoon haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded with over 6000 casualties and more than 12 million people affected. The resear ...
Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human 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 ...
Dr Lisa Vanhala | Socio Legal Studies | 01 January 2014
This research investigates the burgeoning role of courts in climate change politics. Courts, and the litigants that prompt them to action, are having an increasingly important say in how greenhouse gas emissions and their impacts should be regulated. ...
Dr Luke Parry | Modelling methods | 01 January 2014
Governments have recognised the need to reduce the societal impacts of climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of poor, marginalised populations to severe weather events. Extreme events such as droughts cause significant economic losses, an ...
Dr Monica Di Gregorio | Political Science | 31 December 2013
This research project seeks to understand the extent to which policy processes related to forest mitigation and adaptation should be integrated at different scales in order to deliver effective emission reductions from forest and reduction of vulnera ...
Dr David Evans | 31 December 2013
This research and knowledge exchange project will generate new perspectives on the causes and management of food waste. In order to explore the ways in which the challenge of food waste reduction is being framed, interpreted and responded to, 20 in-d ...
Professor Mark Harvey | Economic Sociology | 31 December 2013
The world is facing three unprecedented challenges:
anthropogenic climate change
the depletion of finite energy and material resources
a growing population with increasing and changing demand for food. These three problems are deeply interconnected ...
Dr Pelin Demirel | 01 December 2013
This seminar series adopts a multi-dimensional and multidisciplinary perspective to address six different but interrelated topics to discuss the challenges and major choices for environmental innovation in the next four decades as the uk underg ...
Distinguished Professor John Urry | Sociology | 01 December 2013
China's efforts towards low-carbon transition matter profoundly for the whole world. going beyond issues of technology alone, this project explores the prospects for transition understood from a broader systems perspective, acknowledging their ...
Dr Kersty Hobson | 01 December 2013
The activities and projects of uk low carbon community groups (lccgs) do achieve notable resource/energy savings and behaviour changes. However, gathering data on lccgs outcomes and impacts is both pressing and challenging, for lccgs themselves, and ...
Most recent outputs
Adrian Smith | 30 September 2014 | No Lead Discipline | End of Grant Report
Key findings res-062-23-2326
Alex Nicholls | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report
Key findings esj0217091
David Benson | 30 September 2014 | Environmental Planning | End of Grant Report
Key findings esj0215041
Rachel Aldred | 30 September 2014 | Sociology | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esj0221011
Peter North | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Impact report esj0106181
Anna Carlsson-Hyslop | 02 May 2014 | Impact Report
During my one year esrc postdoctoral fellowship i set out to develop the impact of my earlier work, both academically, publicly and in terms of my career. My phd work focused on the history of the science of coastal flood forecasting, in particular w ...
Corinne Squire | 02 May 2014 | Sociology | Working paper
James Woodcock | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Organised event
A cedar work in progress meeting
James Woodcock | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Presentation/lecture
Presentation about the project as part of the uwe cts seminar series
Zaid Chalabi | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Dissemination / Communication
Oral presentation at the uncertainty conference in computer models conference, 2014