Most recent features
Feature | 08 July 2014 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Research on ecosystem services for poverty alleviation (espa) in the amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.
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 | 03 March 2014 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools
Economic growth in its current form is unsustainable, argues the bestseller prosperity without growth. Following publication, the book has brought a deeper understanding of the basis of prosperity to a wide range of international economic decision-ma ...
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 | 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.
Feature | 10 January 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Many communities are struggling to cope after recent weeks' heavy rains and extensive flooding. A number of esrc-funded research projects are exploring the impact of flooding, how to prepare for events, and how communities cope in the aftermath.
Feature | 10 December 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Medieval societies were surprisingly well organised to cope with natural disasters, according to recent findings from the esrc-funded earthquakes without frontiers research programme.
Feature | 04 December 2013 | General public, Press/media
As renewable energy generation grows in popularity, how are wind farms affecting local house prices?
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.
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 20 January 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Research exploring people's recovery after the hull floods changed government policy and national guidelines on managing recovery after flooding and other disaster events.
Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
Research on the procurement of school food has inspired the reform of public policy at national and local levels in england, scotland and wales.
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.
Case Study | 15 August 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
A methodology for assessing the economic value of freshwater and marine environmental systems has led to a more cost-benefit based approach to implementation of the eu water framework directive in the uk.
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.
Case Study | 26 March 2006 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Research led by professor simin davoudi investigating how policy and political pressures are influencing current processes across england have been central to new government guidance on waste policy.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 22 January 2014 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media
Planning for the emotional aftermath of devastating floods is as important as dealing with the immediate impact of such emergencies, say researchers from the hull floods project at lancaster university
Press Release | 05 November 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
Empowering local people to help out in their communities is one of the flagship policies of the government's 'big society'. However, new research suggests some communities are bearing more of the burden than others. The research will be discussed at ...
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 October 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Peopleâ€™s attitudes towards wind turbines are more complex than a simple case of love-or-hate, a social science researcher is discovering. Visitors gazing at turbines in the welsh countryside experience a wide range of emotions, from memories of you ...
Press Release | 26 July 2013 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media
Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). The research highlights the power of the 'great outdoors' to improve both physiological and psyc ...
Press Release | 29 January 2013 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector
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.
Press Release | 01 November 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
Learning about surviving disasters has resulted in a unique bank of research data which provides insights into what makes an effective community response at this critical time. Community responses are key to helping children and young people who surv ...
Press Release | 26 October 2012 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
One of the challenges we face is how to best design and change cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Researchers will explain how new technology can make our cities more habitable, and help the people who live in them understand ...
Press Release | 10 August 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector
Powerful new partnerships with the common aim of achieving a more environmentally and economically sustainable future can be forged by community action groups and local authorities - which often regard each other with mutual suspicion and mistrust ac ...
Press Release | 19 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media
Vast differences in cycling cultures have been found in uk cities; for some cycling is a traditional transport accessible to all while for others it is a new edgy, urban subculture according to recent findings from a research project funded by the ec ...
Most recent grants
Dr DENISE HEWLETT | 17 February 2014
‘tranquillity' is commonly experienced in areas of outstanding natural beauty where it is a key motive for visitors. This popularity means that managing organisations must ensure that development is sensitive to ecological, social and economic ...
Professor Vania Sena | Environmental Informatics | 31 January 2014
The esrc data research centre for smart analytics is a collaborative project between the universities of essex (lead partner), east anglia, and kent; its objectives are to provide a facility where big data from businesses and local government a ...
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 ...
Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom | Criminology | 16 January 2014
The overall aim of this reseach is to produce a comprehensive study and analysis of the link between social disadvantage and crime in adolescence and young adulthood. In this research we aim to apply and further develop new theory and innovative meth ...
Professor Carol Dezateux | Demography (General) | 01 January 2014
The life study is designed to investigate influences operating in early life, which have implications for the health, well-being and development of children and the adults they will become. The life study will develop a rich resource of longitudinal ...
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 ...
Professor Jonathan Gershuny | Economic Sociology | 01 January 2014
This consists of a package of research and research-resource provision activities, comprising:
a new uk national time diary study using the conventional methods proposed in the eurostat harmonised european time use study (hetus) guidelines for time ...
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. ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
Corinne Squire | 02 May 2014 | Sociology | Working paper
Andrew Godley | 02 May 2014 | Economic & Social History | End of Grant Report
Godley, a, (2014) the diffusion of intensive rearing technologies and supermarket interventionism in british agriculture since 1945
esrc end of award report, res-062-23-1272. Swindon: esrc.
Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Conference paper/presentation
Bus services provided for people outside the area are easy targets for cuts when budgets are stretched. Often they appear to represent poor value for money, with low passenger figures (as with the heather hopper withdrawn from the cairngorms national ...
Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Dissemination / Communication
Seminar at the end of the project to disseminate findings and good practice
Chiara Tornaghi | 02 May 2014 | Human Geography | Guide
This is a "users' guide" written for the general public. It aims to be an accessible, easy read, guide for non specialists, including grassroots groups, third sector organisations and social workers, interested in setting up an urban agricultural pro ...
Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Journal article
Planning for visitor travel within a destination area presents an obvious opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of tourism, while increasing quality of experience and choice for the tourist and benefiting local residents and businesses. Yet, ...
William Walker | 02 May 2014 | Journal article
Co-authored by nicholas j. Wheeler. Governments are increasingly recognizing the problem posed by internally weak nuclear-capable states. The problem, however, is under-theorized. This article brings together literature on sovereignty and internation ...
Nicholas Wheeler | 02 May 2014 | Other publication/report
Article on the conversation uk website
Rachel Aldred | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Organised event
A two day symposium, organised as part of my cemore visiting research fellowship.