Religion and beliefs


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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.

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.

Religion and society debate with rowan williams and tony blair

Feature | 27 July 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The westminster faith debates, organised by the ahrc/esrc religion and society programme, concluded with a debate between former prime minister tony blair, the archbishop of canterbury rowan williams, and the former daily telegraph editor charles moo ...

The fashion of faith

Feature | 28 June 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The market of 'modest fashion' is growing ever larger, with women - mostly for religious reasons - using mainstream fashion to achieve their definition of modesty.

Jihad after bin laden

Feature | 13 May 2011 | Academic, General public, International, Press/media, Schools

A sense of injustice, and not religious fervour, is the main motivator for people joining militant jihadism, according to research by a global uncertainties fellow.

Case studies

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Modern education in a traditional setting

Case Study | 04 October 2011 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools

Building on research from partnership for conflict, crime and security research (paccs) fellow dr masooda bano, 28 schools in nigeria with nearly 1,000 pupils are offering part-time modern basic education incorporating traditional islamic values.

Press releases

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Family first – caring within uk bangladeshi and pakistani communities

Press Release | 18 June 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Over the next 20 years the proportion of older people living within the bangladeshi and pakistani communities in the uk will increase significantly according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Humanist funerals

Press Release | 16 May 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers

Funeral directors need to be aware of the needs of non-religious people. A unique investigation into the subject funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) provides a snapshot of a defining aspect of life - or indeed death.

‘mixed’ family mums ensure minority culture continues in the home

Press Release | 15 May 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The mothers of britain’s 'mixed families' are ensuring their children learn about their heritage and culture, according to a development project funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

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.


Most recent grants

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Maximising the developmental impact of philanthropy: from theory to practice.

Professor Roderick Stirrat | Development Studies | 01 March 2014

This project builds upon earlier research into the potential role of charity and philanthropy to support development using colombo as a case study. The earlier research indicated a considerable demand for assistance in defining more sustainable and e ...

Life study: phase 1

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 ...

Faith-based conflict prevention and early warning scoping project

Professor Alpaslan Ozerdem | Peace Studies | 29 November 2013

The aim of the project is to answer three questions about the role of churches and other faith groups in helping to spot early signs of violence and stop it from happening. What is distinctive about faith-based approaches and what makes the ...

Administrative data research centre - scotland

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 ...

Ess rounds 7 and 8

Mr Alun Humphrey | Sociology | 01 November 2013

The european social survey (ess) is designed to measure and explain the relationship between europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, values and behaviours of its population. The 2014 and 2016 surveys will be the 7th and 8th rounds in the se ...

Administrative data service

Ms Melanie Wright | 01 October 2013

Access to administrative data for research is a positive public good. The ability to use these records - collected in the course of business by governmental and other bodies - and to link them can greatly enhance the ability to do the research modern ...

The spectacular activism of uk uncut: direct action and the digi-politic

Ms Vita Peacock | Social Anthropology | 01 October 2013

This is an anthropological project about the british anti-austerity movement which calls itself uk uncut. Through participant observation and virtual archival research it explores uk uncut’s peculiarly twenty-first century approach towards acti ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings esk0038951

Eric Kaufmann | 30 September 2014 | Political Science | End of Grant Report

Key findings esk0038951

Authoritarian government, neoliberalism and everyday civilities in egypt

Salwa Ismail | 02 May 2014 | Political Science | Journal article

This contribution explores how authoritarian governmental practices come to inform everyday civilities—manners and forms of interaction among the subjects of government. With a focus on egypt it examines how forms of government and rule deployed by t ...