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Features

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Locking up victims of trafficking

Feature | 25 March 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Esrc-funded research carried out by professor loraine gelsthorpe and dr liz hales revealed that a majority of women in custody had been victims of trafficking, smuggling and work under duress.

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 ...

How europeans trust courts and police

Feature | 14 February 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Press/media

People in nordic countries have a high level of trust in the police and courts, while people in eastern european countries tend to be the least trusting of justice institutions, according to recent findings from the esrc-supported european social sur ...

Understanding why rape cases are dropped

Feature | 19 January 2012 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Sixty-five per cent of studied rape cases studied were lost at the earliest stage of the justice process, with police decision to take no further action a significant factor. Research shows that police assess a combination of features of the victim a ...

Do wrongs make a riot?

Feature | 29 November 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Were the august riots 'simply criminality' or a symptom of a wider malaise? looking at the key sectors of education, employment and family wellbeing, expert commentators explore whether society actually is 'broken' – and how it can be fixed.

Police numbers add up to less crime

Feature | 19 August 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

A new study from the centre for economic performance suggests that police patrols are a highly effective tool for cutting crime. "our research suggests that if the police are resourced properly, the effects can be powerful," says cep researcher mirko ...

Street crime: survival or good times?

Feature | 15 August 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Academics and the media have traditionally seen street crime as something carried out by career criminals, but researchers at the university of glamorgan suggest that survival is not a motive. Interviewed offenders instead point to reasons such as "e ...

Reforming our prisons

Feature | 24 June 2011 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Research into prison reform and sentencing shows huge variations in the quality of private prisons, a lack of support regarding interrupted education and training, and the value of care-based interaction between staff and prisoners.

Turning a blind eye

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

Can the nation shake off its 'walk-on-by' attitude and actually stop to help?

Case studies

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Supporting justice for bosnian war crime victims

Case Study | 04 July 2014 | General public, International, Press/media

An esrc-funded project has helped strengthen the links between legal processes and war crime victims in bosnia, supporting transparency and legitimacy for the state court of bosnia and herzegovina.

Transforming offender rehabilitation

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

An esrc-funded project building upon pioneering research into how offenders move away from crime is transforming the practice of offender rehabilitation in the uk and beyond.

Reviewing the dna database

Case Study | 15 January 2010 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Researchers pointed out flaws in the statistical evidence underpinning the dna retention policy, leading to a revision of the scientific work.

Responding to domestic violence

Case Study | 15 June 2006 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The esrc's children 5-16 research programme has informed debates about child care legislation and amendments to the children act 1989.

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Everybody needs good neighbours

Press Release | 21 October 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

As the nights start to draw in and with the clocks set to change plunging us into darkness by 17. 00, observant neighbours are a greater deterrent to would-be burglars than expensive alarm systems or security patrols, according to a study funded by t ...

Data on financial crime is not credible

Press Release | 13 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The government and police efforts to tackle financial crime - from business fraud to tax evasion - are hampered by a lack of accurate data about the nature and extent of offending, according to new research.

Staff-prisoner relationships are key to prison quality

Press Release | 18 May 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

As public sector prisons move towards the thin staffing level model of profit-making institutions, with their high turnover of personnel who are less connected to their occupation, a study funded by the esrc warns of a potentially detrimental impact ...

Uk youth justice system treats ethnic groups differently

Press Release | 01 September 2010 | Press/media

New research from the institute for criminal policy research at king's college, london, examines whether the police and the youth justice system treat young people from different ethnic groups in different ways.

Fear of crime in sheffield

Press Release | 09 March 2010 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

What contributes to people's fear of crime in cities? how much do litter, graffiti, broken street lighting and dilapidated buildings play a role? or do people's social and cultural knowledge play a stronger role in shaping people's fears?

Uk inmates comfortable with diversity?

Press Release | 13 January 2010 | Press/media

Following recent media reports of racial strife and gangs in high security prisons in the uk, a new study funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) paints a more encouraging - if sometimes contradictory - picture of multicultural pris ...

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 ...

Consumer data research support service (cdrss)

Professor Mark Birkin | Management & Business Studies | 14 February 2014

The project will work in collaboration with ucl to establish a consumer data research centre (cdrc) for the provision of new forms of ‘big data’ which are emerging in consumer markets. Big data are continually changing (eg traffic sensors ...

Exploring and explaining the role of disadvantage in crime causation

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 ...

Cross disciplinary thinking about 'antisocial personality disorder'.

Dr David Jones | 13 January 2014

This seminar series is designed to promote thought and new perspectives on the difficulties posed by people who have major problems in their lives and their relationships - who are sometimes given the diagnosis of 'personality disorder'. At their mos ...

Outputs

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Key findings esj0216791

Richard Sparks | 30 September 2014 | Criminal Law & Criminology | End of Grant Report

Key findings esj0216791

Impact report

Abdelwahab El-Affendi | 02 May 2014 | Political Science | Impact Report

This is the impact report submitted in line with the requirements of the grant