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Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

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Friday 12 march 2010 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 (p ...

Diversity or deprivation - what makes a 'bad' neighbourhood

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Wednesday 15 september 2010 what people think about their neighbourhood is much more strongly influenced by deprivation than by the degree of ethnic mixing in the area, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (e ...

Don't privatise banks too soon!

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Thursday 28 january 2010 leading economist warns of danger of 'panic bank runs' initial findings carried out under the esrc's world economy and finance research programme which comes to a conclusion with a conference in london on 28 january 2010 ...

Renewable energy needs more community power

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Friday 10 september 2010 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 (esr ...

Research reveals likely housing winners and losers

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Tuesday 12 october 2010 there is a great deal of uncertainty and speculation about the direction of the housing market in the uk and the usa - both for home-owners and renters. Social scientists funded by the economic and social research council (e ...

Textile scrapbox

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Wednesday 10 march 2010 ever wanted to know how designers come up with ideas for the clothes we wear, the bags we carry, the patterns in our homes, and the designs of the future? Then head to the victoria & albert museum (v&a) on 16 marchTextiles s ...

Uk inmates comfortable with diversity?

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Wednesday 13 january 2010 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 - p ...

£7. 75m for a sustainable transport future

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Thursday 5 march 2009 a centre to revolutionise the future of uk transport industry was announced today by transport minister andrew adonis. The £7. 75m programme, will be based at imperial college london as well as university college london and th ...

An age-old story

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Tuesday 10 march 2009 growing older is a fact of life, but people's hopes, fears, pre-conceptions and experiences surrounding the ageing process are richly diverse. As part of the festival of social science organised by the economic and social rese ...

Anxiety's hidden cost

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Tuesday 23 june 2009 the effect of anxiety on academic performance is not always obvious but new research funded by the economic and social research council suggests that there may be hidden costs. The research found that anxious individuals find i ...

Classroom behaviour: why it's hard to be good

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Sunday 20 september 2009 being seen as either well behaved or naughty at school is never entirely in the hands of the individual child, this study funded by the economic and social research council shows. The research demonstrates that being good i ...

Coordination needed to support green fingered youths

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Thursday 13 august 2009 young people working on conservation projects are often coerced into "grunt" activities like digging holes or picking up litter and gain little from environmental volunteering, according to research at the university of exet ...

Don't follow us, we're lost too

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Wednesday 11 march 2009 lessons for developing countries from the first world's banking crisis  one positive development of the current global financial crisis could be the recent election of barack obama as president of the united states of amer ...

Economic crisis heightens financial fallout for bereaved

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Sunday 21 june 2009 a drop in the value of some older people's savings and investments during the current economic crisis will worsen the financial difficulties already felt by many when their partner dies. New research funded by the economic and s ...

Global poverty is still a priority

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Wednesday 18 march 2009 of the six billion people sharing our planet, almost half live under the poverty line of $us2 per day. Though growth predictions vary it is likely that, by 2020, the population will increase by approximately another 1. 2 bil ...

Global uncertainties fellowships announced

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Thursday 14 may 2009 how individuals, communities and nation states form their ideas and beliefs about security and insecurity will form the basis for 14 new fellowships under the research council's global uncertainties programme. The £5. 5 million ...

Government overseas aid is no bar to individual giving

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Sunday 13 december 2009 greater government aid to overseas development charities does not discourage individual giving, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). Fears that increasing government grants wou ...

Livening up the environmental debate

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Thursday 12 march 2009 a day of documentary film screenings and interactive workshops as part of the festival of social science (6-15 march) organised by the economic and social research council (esrc) to highlight how social science impacts on our ...

Macro-economic opportunities announced

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Friday 2 january 2009 in response to the recent international benchmarking review of uk economics, the economic and social research council (esrc) is announcing a major new initiative in applied macroeconomics. The review highlighted the great stre ...

Multilingualism brings communities closer together

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Tuesday 10 february 2009 learning their community language outside the home enhances minority ethnic children's development, according to research led from the university of birmingham. The research, which was funded by the economic and social rese ...

Mum's the word: the secret to building children's social skills

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Wednesday 13 may 2009 the way that mothers talk to their children when they are young has a lasting effect on children's social skills, according to a research study funded by the economic and social research council. The researchers found that chi ...

New council member appointed

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Monday 16 november 2009 lord drayson, minister for science and innovation, has appointed mr paul grice as the newest member to the economic and social research council (esrc). Mr paul grice is the clerk and chief executive of the scottish parliamen ...

New council members appointed

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Monday 7 september 2009 lord drayson, minister for science and innovation, has appointed one new member to the economic and social research council (esrc). Prof john beath is prof of economics at the school of economics and finance at the universit ...

Now where was i again?

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Monday 7 december 2009 computer screen pop-ups may slow down your work more than you think, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council. Although the actual interruption may only last a few moments, the study shows ...

Performance reviews are raising council standards, say researchers

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Sunday 18 october 2009 performance assessment schemes aimed at making local authorities into more effective organisations are having the desired effect, according to new research released by the economic and social research council (esrc). The proj ...

Saving the economy and saving the planet

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Tuesday 21 april 2009 is the recession an opportunity to move away from some traditional, and environmentally unfriendly, industries to cleaner, greener industries to create new and sustainable employment? The potential economic benefits offered by ...

School children could lead the way on sustainability

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Wednesday 21 october 2009 britain's children and young people are potential agents of change for the development of more sustainable communities in the uk, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council. Many children ...

Social background weighs heavily on teenage diet

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Friday 25 september 2009 teenagers' attitudes to diet and weight are shaped by their social class, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council. Policymakers have long insisted on the importance of understanding youn ...

The most effective teachers are in a class of their own

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Wednesday 8 july 2009 knowledgeable, innovative, skilful, fun-loving, caring, supportive, task and pupil centred - it's official - the most effective teachers are in a class of their own. They stimulate a pupil's imagination, challenge their views, ...

Third sector gears up to meet the challenge of personal budgets

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Tuesday 31 march 2009 third sector providers of social care services face a host of new challenges but also opportunities following the government's commitment to expanding personal budgets [1]  in social care. The issues raised for third sector ...

The youth of today: yobs or future leaders?

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Tuesday 3 march 2009 should we dismiss the youth of today or look to them as future leaders? Teenagers are already forming thoughts and opinions on how policy should shape the society of tomorrowEvents during the economic and social research counci ...

Today's children decide their school and career path early

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Sunday 15 november 2009 children as young as 12 have a strong sense of their personal futures and can reflect thoughtfully on what life might hold for them, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) and led ...

Words matter in public health

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Friday 7 august 2009 giving people a sense of being in control is an important element in health messages, according to researchers at nottingham and de montfort universities. The research, which was funded by the economic and social research counc ...

Why we hate politics

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Monday 9 march 2009 the blame for the rise of an anti-political culture in britain rests with politicians not voters, two leading experts will argue at a debate at the forthcoming economic and social research council's festival of social science (6 ...

Launch of esrc's new web portal

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Thursday 27 january 2011 straight to the point, easy navigation, dynamic research content on the most important topics facing society today are just some of the new features of the economic and social research council’s (esrc) web portal, launched ...

Business getting the most from research

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10 november 2010 management and business performance, rather than technological innovation, is the main focus for companies collaborating with universities, according to major survey of businesses conducted by the centre for business research at th ...

Britain in 2011: the state of the nation

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19 november 2010 published on friday 19 november 2010, britain in 2011: the state of the nation demonstrates the fast pace of change in society from the recent global recession, the new coalition government, reforms in public services and increa ...

'black africans' in britain: integration or segregation?

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24 november 2010 a new study shows that the ability of ‘black africans’ settling in the uk to integrate with society varies according to their national and ethnic background. The study, by dr lavinia mitton and mr peter aspinall of the university o ...

Software improves understanding of mobility problems

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16 december 2010 mobility challenges facing older people can now be better understood by clinicians, healthcare practitioners and design professionals, thanks to a new innovative software tool. Initial research findings from a research collaboratio ...

Better spaces for older people

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17 december 2010 urban planning needs to consider how older people use walking routes as well as public areas, concludes a research council uk-funded research project from the new dynamics of ageing programme. Planning should include a smooth trans ...

Professor malcom grant reappointed to the esrc

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24 january 2011 david willetts, the minister for universities and science, has reappointed professor malcolm grant to the economic and social research council (esrc). Professor malcolm grant is a barrister, an environmental lawyer, academic and pub ...

Joint ahrc, ba and esrc statement on early and mid-career support

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4 january 2011 on the basis of data from the 2008 research assessment exercise, the arts and humanities research council (ahrc), the british academy (ba) and the economic and social research council (esrc) represent half of the active researchers a ...

Placement fellowship in the welsh government - simwales

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As part of its placement fellowship scheme the esrc welcomes applications from academics interested in working in a research capacity in the welsh government. The scheme encourages social science researchers to spend time within a partner organisatio ...

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