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Innovative 3d-printed foot support cuts waiting times

Feature | 24 June 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media

A technology strategy board research initiative part-funded by the esrc has developed a 3d-printed foot support, drastically cutting manufacturing cost and time - and delivering bespoke support to patients within 48 hours.

Fuelling growth with public investments

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.

When flooding woke the nation

Feature | 31 January 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Sixty years ago, over 300 people died, 24,000 people were evacuated and 32,000 houses were damaged in the 1953 east coast flood. The early history of the early warning system and how it was funded has been explored in an esrc-funded research project. ...

How additive manufacturing can boost the uk economy

Feature | 17 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media

Additive manufacturing, or '3d printing', is set to change the face of manufacturing. The technology strategy board is launching a new â£7 million research competition in partnership with the esrc, the engineering and physical sciences research counc ...

Fracking and public dialogue

Feature | 19 April 2012 | 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.

Finding a successful industrial policy

Feature | 06 March 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Postgraduate

Can britain find a policy that encourages manufacturing and increases exports?

Case studies

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Identifying gaps in nanotechnology regulation

Case Study | 08 May 2012 | Academic, Business, International, Policymakers

Research on nanotechnology regulation has been highlighted in key government reports and the government's nanotechnology strategy, and led to the development of the industry standard pas 137.

Low carbon technology to developing countries

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.

Press releases

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Hot in the city

Press Release | 22 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Urban design directly affects temperature, wind, rain and air quality - but most planners build cities without an awareness of the urban climate effects they are creating.

Renewable energy needs more community power

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).

Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

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 ...

Greening existing homes - a herculean task says report

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.


Most recent grants

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Social media analysis for social geography

Professor Paul Watson | Social Geography | 14 February 2014

Many believe that social media data has the potential to give real insights into communities. However, there is a real challenge in unlocking this knowledge due to the enormous size and speed with which the data is generated, and a lack of understand ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human 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 ...

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 ...

Designing healthy homes

Dr Ian James Ewart | Social Anthropology | 01 October 2013

A key ambition to relieve current pressures on the health service is the development of home-based healthcare in a practical and socially acceptable way. However, this has placed undue emphasis on the home as a place of sickness and care, ignoring th ...

Trust: tracing risk and uncertainty in security technology

Dr Michael Bourne | 01 March 2013

This research maps and analyses how new security technologies are developed in practice through inter-disciplinary collaborative research between social scientists and engineers. It will contribute to cross-disciplinary and applied knowledge about th ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings - res-167-25-0700

Barbara Harriss-White | 13 January 2015 | Area & Development Studies | End of Grant Report

Key findings - res-167-25-0700

People and science

Jackie Scully | 30 April 2014 | Sociology | Other publication/report

An online publication produced by the british science association

Faithful judgements

Sarah Banks | 30 April 2014 | Sociology | Conference paper/presentation

Poster presentation at facilitated workshop on "deliberation: practice, learning, knowledge: institutions and practitioners"

Faithful judgements dialogue and dissemination event

Jackie Scully | 16 April 2014 | Sociology | Organised event

This one-day event was designed to bring together potential audiences of the research (academics, clinical practitioners, healthcare policy makers, faith group leaders, representatives of advocacy and self-help groups) as well as some of those who ha ...