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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Bbc radio one program on prejudice. It describes the social and cognitive processes underlying prejudice and explores the social groups that are likely victims of prejudice and discrimination.

Middle class young women: agentic sexual subjects?

Claire Maxwell | 23 April 2014 | Sociology | Journal article

There are a number of gaps in current understandings of the links between young femininities, agency and social class. Building on recent work, we examine how closely young middle-class women in one fee-paying school in england take up so-called top ...

Ageism in cancer care

Hannah Swift | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Reports on findings from the european social survey on old age stereotypes.

Why there is still a country for old men

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Belfast telegraph morning report findings from the project on the perceived start of old age and the duration of middle-age.

You know you're middle aged when.

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

An article in saga magazine describes findings from the grant project exploring perceptions of young-age, middle-age and old-age in the european social survey

Global health: knowledge, politics, spaces

Clare Herrick | 23 April 2014 | Human Geography | Organised event

This session aims to explore the complex networks and assemblages of expertise, socialities and ethics associated with global health. As the notion of global health becomes ever more ubiquitous (brown, cueto and fee 2006); it is unsurprising that its ...

Ageing, ageism and well being evidence from the ess

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Conference paper/presentation

This paper summarises key findings about attitudes to age in the ess. We provide an overview of research by the european research group on attitudes to age (eurage), which proposed the ‘experiences and expressions of ageism’ module fielded in 2008/9 ...

Case Studies

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Reforming the portuguese vat system

Case Study | 15 April 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Recommendations by professor rita de la feria led to reforms implemented in the portugal’s 2012 state budget which boosted the efficiency of tax and generated savings of 1. 2 per cent gdp.

Social science impact on the sure start initiative

Case Study | 15 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Public sector, Schools

Social science underpinned by esrc support played a major role in establishing and delivering the government's sure start initiative in 1999, which aimed to provide integrated early years services for disadvantaged groups.

Promoting equality for aid workers

Case Study | 15 May 2011 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Project add-up, a three-year research project examining differences in pay between local workers and expatriate workers, was instrumental in setting up the first global task force to tackle the issue.

Raising awareness of india's elderly

Case Study | 15 July 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research from the new dynamics of ageing programme is highlighting the contributions and needs of india's older population to policymakers.

Supporting families

Case Study | 15 April 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research from the centre for market and public organisation has been referenced in government strategy papers and informed us anti-poverty strategy.

Improving older people's lives

Case Study | 15 November 2007 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Findings from professor thomas scharf's research into older people and social exclusion has informed a charity campaign and encouraged co-operation between charity and community groups in manchester and liverpool.


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Same-sex partnerships: commitment above rights

Feature | 05 June 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The house of lords has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. Esrc-funded research suggests that couples enter into civil partnership to express commitment to their relationship, rather than legal 'rights' and protections.

Female surgeons: cutting the gender gap

Feature | 10 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Despite more women than men studying at uk medical schools, women are far less likely than male colleagues to pursue a career in surgery. Esrc-funded researchers have partnered with rcs and surgical society scalpel to encourage women to become surgeo ...

Zimbabwe land reforms: myths and surprises

Feature | 07 May 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

A study supported by the esrc and the department for international development presents some surprising results of the controversial zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.

Muslim communities successfully integrating

Feature | 11 April 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Schools

Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into british and german cities for some time, according to research presented at the norface migration conference at university college london this week.

Financial skills key for female executives

Feature | 10 December 2012 | Business, Further education, General public, Higher education, Postgraduate, Press/media, Schools

Having a financial background can greatly enhance the career prospects of women in business - helping them to converse in the 'language of business' and prove their credibility, according to a new study.

Us presidential election: the issues at stake

Feature | 06 November 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

As the us presidential election day has arrived, the esrc centre for economic performance (cep)'s series of us election analyses offers insights into key election issues.

The life of a servant: less downton, more downtrodden

Feature | 28 September 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Servant lives a century ago consisted of backbreaking work, long hours, low pay and often complete segregation from their superiors, says dr pamela cox, director of the esrc doctoral training centre at essex university and presenter of a new bbc seri ...

Paytime at the top

Feature | 02 November 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Pay over the last decades have risen fastest for those at the very top of the income distribution - and most of the gains have gone to the financial sector through bonuses, according to research from the centre for economic performance.

Press Releases

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Public radio exposes injustice

Press Release | 19 August 2011 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Malawi’s public radio station broadcasts are providing an alternative programme of news stories. The programme features contributions by ordinary malawians, highlighting their everyday experiences of abuse and violation.

Working mothers and the effects on children

Press Release | 22 July 2011 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Parents struggling to combine paid work with bringing up their children now have some positive news thanks to a new study funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) on maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the uk

Resettlement is a positive move for homeless people

Press Release | 11 May 2011 | Academic, Policymakers, Postgraduate, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Resettlement services over the last few years have helped many homeless people make positive changes in their lives. The largest study in the uk of the resettlement of single homeless people has found that 81 per cent were still living independently ...

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.

Rising inequality in the uk undermines mobility and social cohesion

Press Release | 05 July 2010 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

New research, presented at a major international conference in london, demonstrates how inequality in education, skills and incomes reduces opportunity and undermines social cohesion. In education, for example, the social and ability mix of the schoo ...

Myths and realities of life in st ann's

Press Release | 05 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

About 300 residents from st. Ann's in nottingham are expected to take part in a one day programme of interactive workshops during the economic and social research council's (esrc) festival of social science.

Social background weighs heavily on teenage diet

Press Release | 25 September 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Teenagers' attitudes to diet and weight are shaped by their social class, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council.

Health and well-being in old age: it's still money that counts

Press Release | 07 May 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media

The impact that wealth and social class has on people's well-being in old age is far greater than is often assumed. New research from the economic and social research council reveals just how great the difference really is in people's health and well ...