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Support for carers of people with early onset dementia

Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014

Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...

What is scientific consensus for policy? heartlands and hinterlands of physics

Professor Harold Collins | Science and Technology Studies | 01 March 2014

This project aims to examine the nature of scientific consensus by looking closely at how boundaries are established, enacted, reinforced and experienced within physics. To know what mainstream scientific consensus means, we need to know more about t ...

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 ...

Households, retailers and food waste transitions

Dr David Evans | 31 December 2013

This research and knowledge exchange project will generate new perspectives on the causes and management of food waste. In order to explore the ways in which the challenge of food waste reduction is being framed, interpreted and responded to, 20 in-d ...

The food-energy-climate change trilemma: developing a neo-polanyian analysis

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 ...


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Re-industrialisation – a commentary

Kenneth Coutts | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

The share of manufacturing in uk employment and value-added at current prices (“value-added” for short) has fallen dramatically in recent years. This commentary investigates the feasibility of reversing this decline. The main focus will be on the val ...

International industrial policy experiences and the lessons for the uk

Ha-Joon Chang | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

The present study reviews a diverse set of countries with the most successful industrial policy experiences since the second world war – namely, the us, germany, japan, italy, finland, (south) korea, singapore, china, and brazil – with a view to deri ...

Short-termism, impatient capital and finance for manufacturing innovation in the uk

Alan Hughes | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

This report has two objectives. First, it seeks to analyse the links between financial market structures, governance systems and investment behaviour in the uk focusing in particular on investment in r&d. Second, it is designed to assess the extent ...

Dual regression

Richard Spady | 23 April 2014 | Social Stats., Comp. & Methods | Seminar/workshop

Workshop on semi-parametric econometrics

The paradox of openness: appropriability, external search and collaboration

Ammon Salter | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

To innovate, firms often need to draw from, and collaborate with, a large number of actors from outside their organization. At the same time, firms need also to be focused on capturing the returns from their innovative ideas. This gives rise to a par ...

Going underground: bootlegging and individual innovative performance

Paola Criscuolo | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

To develop innovations in large, mature organizations, individuals often have to resort to underground, “bootleg” research and development (r&d) activities that have no formal organizational support. In doing so, these individuals attempt to achieve ...

Open service innovation and the firm’s search for external knowledge

Alan Hughes | 23 April 2014 | Management & Business Studies | Other publication/report

The concept of open innovation captures the increasing propensity of firms to work across their traditional boundaries of operation. This phenomenon has largely been studied from the viewpoint of manufacturing businesses while services have received ...

Case Studies

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Helping small business grow

Case Study | 19 March 2014 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media

Lancaster university management school has increased the productivity and sales of 250 local companies through its innovative leading enterprise and development programme.

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.

Worldwide response to welsh carrier bag levy

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.

Validating cross-national surveys

Case Study | 29 November 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

New tools developed by social scientists enable findings from different countries to be compared more reliably.

Hospital competition in the nhs

Case Study | 24 September 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Government used esrc-funded research to inform its policies when increasing competition in the nhs.

Identifying gaps in nanotechnology regulation

Case Study | 08 May 2012 | Academic, Business, 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.

The human element of surgery

Case Study | 15 December 2011 | Academic, Further education, Policymakers, Public sector

A new tool assessing the quality of team-related behaviours of the core members of an operating theatre team has been mandated for national use by the national patient safety agency and implemented in several other countries.

Toothless drilling with touch technology

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

A new tooth drilling simulator improves teaching for dentist students, by making it possible to practise on the same 'virtual tooth' multiple times.

Getting creative with ketso

Case Study | 11 April 2011 | General public, International, Press/media

The creative toolkit ketso, a spin-off from research under an esrc-funded case studentship and esrc postdoctoral fellowship, has been used since its launch in 2009 in a wide range of countries.

Game time for pupils

Case Study | 15 October 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Missionmaker, a software tool enabling teenagers to create their own computer games, is now used in over 200 schools and is part of the institute of education's masters programmes.


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Serving up the lab burger

Feature | 05 August 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The world's first lab-grown burger was unveiled and eaten today - but are we ready for bio-engineered meat? dr neil stephens from cesagen has been researching the ethical and social aspects.

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.

Global summit for retail and researchers

Feature | 18 April 2013 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Press/media

The acs global summit, supported by the esrc, has provided the opportunity to encourage debate and knowledge exchange between leading practitioners and social scientists within the retail sector.

Researchers team up with google to explore data

Feature | 12 April 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media

The google data analytics social science research initiative will explore how publicly accessible online data, analytical and presentational tools can answer pressing social science questions.

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.

Exploring the web business revolution

Feature | 01 February 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The new centre for creativity, regulation, enterprise and technology (create), part-funded by the esrc, has been launched to examine the need for new business models and the changing nature of copyright in a web-based business environment.

Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

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

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent national growth council are key recommendations in the final report from the lse ...

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 £7 million research competition in partnership with the esrc, the engineering and physical sciences research counci ...

Esrc researchers winning ktp awards

Feature | 22 November 2012 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Press/media, Schools

Esrc's winning ktp partnership, with ktp associate harriet knowles, was among the eight finalist best partnership teams at today's ktp awards 2012 event. Ktp associates kate jones and katie flaherty both received a business leader of tomorrow award.

Using research for a competitive economy

Feature | 31 October 2012 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The heseltine review which is published today looks at ways of making the uk economy more competitive, including how research can boost business. Esrc-funded research has explored to what degree companies collaborate with university departments.

Press Releases

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Enterprise research centre launches

Press Release | 12 November 2012 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media

Warwick and aston universities have been chosen to host a new enterprise research centre that will help develop understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth.

Uk hotel industry alive with innovation

Press Release | 08 August 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Postgraduate, Press/media

Large hotel chains are quick to adopt and adapt innovations developed in other industries, while smaller hotels make almost continual incremental changes in response to customers' needs. The uk hotel industry is alive with innovation and new ways of ...

Avatars develop real world skills

Press Release | 07 December 2011 | Academic, Higher education, Postgraduate, Press/media, Public sector

New research suggests that far from disengaging young people from real life, virtual worlds can provide unique environments that can help them learn and negotiate new situations.

Digital worlds can help autistic children to develop social skills

Press Release | 21 October 2011 | Academic, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipatedlevels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

New software brings science to life for young people

Press Release | 30 September 2011 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Researchers funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) and the engineering and physical sciences research council (epsrc) have developed a software toolkit that shows how such an approach sparks and sustains students’ interest in scien ...

Social science projects supporting innovation and enterprise in the uk

Press Release | 20 September 2011 | Academic, Business, Postgraduate, Press/media

The esrc is pleased to announce that it is supporting 15 new projects in partnership with civil society and public sector organisations, with the aim of applying academic knowledge and thinking to organisational challenges.

Esrc-funded projects mean business

Press Release | 20 September 2011 | Academic, Business, Higher education, Postgraduate, Press/media, Public sector

The esrc is pleased to announce that it is supporting five new projects in partnership with business which will continue to apply academic knowledge and thinking to business problems.

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).

Graphic partnership brings life to council data

Press Release | 14 July 2010 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Data visualisation techniques that generate sophisticated graphics could bring a fresh dimension to communications and decision-making by public bodies like local councils, according to research completed for the economic and social research council ...

Innovation debate on people living in rural areas

Press Release | 16 March 2010 | Press/media, Schools

Staged on the hebridean isle of lewis an event will see two school teams lock horns on the question 'are people living in rural areas innovative?' in the strathclyde university innovation debate. The event is part of the economics and social research ...