Most recent features
Feature | 17 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools
New research into the impact of wind farms carried out by professor stephen gibbons at the esrc-funded spatial economics research centre is the first to demonstrate a link between wind farm visibility and house prices.
Feature | 04 December 2013 | General public, Press/media
As renewable energy generation grows in popularity, how are wind farms affecting local house prices?
Feature | 25 November 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
The methods for forecasting energy costs are improving, but with the complexities involved the key challenge is to communicate how uncertain the estimates are, concludes a new report from the uk energy research centre.
Feature | 15 November 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Esrc-funded research shows that fewer and less complex charges for carbon emissions would cut costs and make the system more effective.
Feature | 18 October 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media
Homeowners planning to renovate their kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces are an untapped market for energy efficiency service providers, according to a new report from the esrc-funded uk energy research centre.
Feature | 24 September 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Opposition to nuclear power in the uk has fallen since 2005, despite incidents such as the 2011 meltdown at the fukushima reactor, according to research findings from the uk energy research centre.
Feature | 07 August 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
People remain negative about hydrocarbons and controversial 'fracking' extraction, and do not see shale gas or other forms of unconventional fossil fuel as the solution to either energy security or climate change.
Feature | 16 July 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
There is widespread public support for a cleaner, fairer and more efficient production and provision of energy in the uk, according to research from the esrc-supported uk energy research centre.
Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.
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.
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 03 March 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Research findings contributed to a change in ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to â£2 billion a year.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 ...
Press Release | 14 April 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
A new joint economic and social research council and technology strategy board publication highlights the need to focus on improving the energy efficiency of millions of buildings in britain that will still be standing in 2050.
Press Release | 25 February 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media
A group of leading uk scientists and social scientists led by the esrc genomics forum, based at the university of edinburgh, calls for joined-up thinking on the emerging politics of plants.
Most recent grants
Dr Christopher Jones | 20 January 2014
The trading approaches to nurturing sustainable consumption in fashion and energy retail (transfer) project will facilitate knowledge exchange between the fashion and energy retail sectors. Both sectors share the challenge of encouraging the reduced ...
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 ...
Dr Christian Bueger | Security Studies | 09 November 2013
Maritime piracy is back on the agenda of world politics. How is the international community responding to piracy and what makes it so difficult to address the problem? this three year research project analyses the international response to cont ...
Dr Christopher Dibben | 01 November 2013
The administrative data research centre (adrc) - scotland aims to make research and make available de-identified administrative data to the research community. The adrc will have a core service that will:
provide state-of-the-art facilities for rese ...
Mr Samuel Wills | Macroeconomics | 01 November 2013
How should economies manage their resource wealth? historically many countries, from nauru to nigeria, have suffered from a “resource curse” of volatility, de-industrialisation and corruption. Other countries now face similar challenges, ...
Professor Steffen Boehm | 01 November 2013
Globally agricultural and food systems are undergoing significant transformations as a result of globalisation, industrial development and changing lifestyles. These result in a variety of ecological, social, cultural, political and economic changes ...
Dr Donald Slater | 01 November 2013
Configuring light is a three year seminar series to develop a broad research agenda on the many different dimensions of light and lighting, including their significance for architecture and built space, urban planning and design, impacts on environme ...
Most recent outputs
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 ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other publication/report
Article written by nicola mcewen for the esrc magazing 'society now' in which she analyses the scottish government’s white paper scotland’s future. Nicola mcewen highlights that the case for independence is built around three inter-linked themes: dem ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Audio/video recording
Nicola mcewen was interviewed for the report on scotland of bbc one on the uncertain consequences of a yes vote.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Invited speaker, carnegie trust/acosvo seminar on the approach of the charitable sector to the independence referendum, dunfermline. Nicola gave a presentation on the impact of independence on the third sector.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Nicola mcewen contributed as chair to a seminar organised by michael keating on small states in europe. Discussions focused on capacities and constraints of small states to influence decisions taken in eu institutions. Nicola also kicked-off the disc ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop
Presentation at the politics and international department's lecture series on the independence debate and the impact independence may have on scottish-uk relations. The event also served to present the different projects that were part of the applica ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other
Blog post written by nicola mcewen following speculations about voters from firth of scotland having a decisive influence on the referendum outcome. She argues that demographic factors will offer little in explaining why people will vote yes or no th ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Organised event
Nicola mcewen organised an event featuring a keynote speech by the deputy first minister, nicola sturgeon at the playfair library hall in edinburgh. The speech was followed by a response given by nicola mcewen and discussions over dinner. The event w ...
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Newspaper
Article by nicola mcewen in the online newspaper 'the conversation' in which she unravels different ways of reading polls and argues that demographic factors are not the best choice for explaining survey results.
Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Evidence
Nicola mcewen was an invited witness to the scottish parliament economy, energy and tourism committee as part of the committee's inquiry into scotland’s economic future post-2014. She provided written and oral evidence to committee. In her written br ...