Most recent features
Feature | 21 August 2015 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Behavioural economics can effect small changes in the way people act. But does it work in tackling big societal issues?
Feature | 09 March 2015 | General public, Press/media
Recent police federation calls for all officers to be offered a taser - but the research evidence is insufficient, argues phd researcher abi dymond.
Feature | 20 February 2015 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Cravings: can your food control you?, a new exhibition at the science museum supported by the esrc, explores how the food we eat affects our body, brain and eating habits.
Feature | 15 January 2015 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Using data from the esrc-funded understanding society study, a new report from the rac foundation has explored trends in car use amongst young adults.
Feature | 07 August 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
The esrc-funded report virtuous banking, published by the independent think tank respublica, argues that legal reforms alone will not save bankers from repeating past mistakes, and sets out ten recommendations to improve the sector.
Feature | 30 May 2014 | General public, Press/media
Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. Research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.
Feature | 12 March 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Our feelings of self-worth are influenced mainly by whether we live up to the cultural values endorsed by the people around us, new research reveals.
Feature | 22 January 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
New results from the scottish social attitudes survey, funded by the esrc and carried out by scotcen social research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.
Feature | 09 December 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
A new esrc-funded project aims to study the 'social media ecosystem' to better understand how user behaviours, global communication networks and flows of information interact to promote hateful and socially disruptive content.
Feature | 07 October 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media
Governments and financial regulators have called on banks to rein in their risk cultures. However, a new report from the london school of economics and plymouth university dispels the myth of the perfect risk culture.
Most recent case studies
Case Study | 08 August 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Using social marketing techniques, researchers at the university of exeter have influenced defra policy in segmenting audiences for behavioural change campaigns, and developed a â€˜green travelâ€™ app for holidays.
Case Study | 14 July 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
Professor kimberley scharf at the esrc centre for competitive advantage in the global economy has been credited with helping to reverse government proposals of a cap on tax relief for charitable giving.
Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector
An esrc-funded project building upon pioneering research into how offenders move away from crime is transforming the practice of offender rehabilitation in the uk and beyond.
Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Public sector
New approaches to crowd psychology are helping police manage the potential for conflict in crowds while allowing people's rights to protest through dialogue and negotiation.
Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Moves to impose plain packaging for cigarettes, including australia's 2012 legislation on standardised packaging and the recent uk commitment to do the same, have been strongly influenced by olivia maynard's research into tobacco packaging.
Case Study | 01 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
Datasets from the esrc-funded uk data service were used in a policy model which underpinned the scottish bill on minimum pricing of alcohol.
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.
Case Study | 02 October 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media
A self-help training programme for insomnia sufferers, developed by researchers, has been adopted and rolled out by nhs across the uk.
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.
Case Study | 26 April 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools
Research by professor per-olof wikstrã¶m has been cited in two government initiatives â€“ the anti-terrorism strategy contest and the prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.
Most recent press releases
Press Release | 28 October 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
Britain is still a nation of polite people and fears that texts, tweets and facebook are making people ruder is a myth, according to research from lancaster universityâ€™s faculty of arts and social sciences (fass). The research will be presented at ...
Press Release | 23 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media
One of the greatest social changes across europe in recent decades has been the increase of women in the labour market. However, changes in womenâ€™s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the ...
Press Release | 03 July 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools
Women living in the world's most advanced democracies and under the most progressive gender equality regimes still know less about politics than men according to a ten-nation study of media systems and national political knowledge funded by the econo ...
Press Release | 15 May 2013 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
With concerns often expressed about youth crime and violence in the uk, researchers have been investigating what young people really think about living in an inner-city neighbourhood that has high levels of deprivation, crime and gang activity.
Press Release | 21 January 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
The internet offers users a cost-effective way of accessing information and advice on any health problem, 24-hours a day. A group of social scientists has taken advantage of this by developing software which enables other researchers to easily create ...
Press Release | 30 October 2012 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Press/media, Schools
Young people in dorset will have the chance to question whether hosting london 2012 has brought benefits to the area in which they live as well as to the uk as a whole at an event as part of the economic and social research councilâ€™s (esrc) festiva ...
Press Release | 21 September 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector
If approached in the right way, citizens are willing to change their behaviour and do more to help themselves and others, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).
Press Release | 06 September 2012 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools
A unique approach to early literacy work with families where children develop their language skills and their ability to read and write from an early age has had a huge success.
Press Release | 16 July 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector
Far from processing every word we read or hear, our brains often do not even notice key words that can change the whole meaning of a sentence, according to new research from the economic and social research council (esrc).
Press Release | 09 July 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media
Photographs of faces may not be adequate proof of a person's identity and this could have serious implications for the accuracy of passport photographs in determining identity according to research funded by the economic and social research council ( ...
Most recent grants
Dr Kahryn Hughes | 01 October 2014
This project brings together a national network of qualitative longitudinal research projects on the third sector for knowledge sharing and exchange. It aims to scale up and enhance the evidence base on the third sector, creating useful resources thr ...
Ms Jennifer Head | 01 March 2014
With the growth of the older population predicted to continue in coming decades, it is important to understand how to encourage work participation among older people in jobs that will be satisfying and will promote healthy ageing. This research conso ...
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 ...
Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014
The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...
Dr DENISE HEWLETT | Area & Development Studies | 17 February 2014
‘tranquillity' is commonly experienced in areas of outstanding natural beauty where it is a key motive for visitors. This popularity means that managing organisations must ensure that development is sensitive to ecological, social and economic ...
Professor Martin Innes | Sociology | 15 February 2014
The research will analyse social reactions to the murder of drummer lee rigby in woolwich on 22 may 2013 using social media data collected from twitter, blogs and other sources. such data uniquely enable the tracking of the evolution of public ...
Professor Mark Birkin | Management & Business Studies | 14 February 2014
The project will work in collaboration with ucl to establish a consumer data research centre (cdrc) for the provision of new forms of ‘big data’ which are emerging in consumer markets. Big data are continually changing (eg traffic sensors ...
Professor Jane Raymond | Cognitive Psychology | 01 February 2014
This project will investigate how the motivational context in which visual stimuli are presented influences visual cognition. Motivational contexts are established through learning processes that allow associations between motivationally salient (rew ...
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 ...
Professor Elizabeth Meins | Developmental psychology | 28 January 2014
This professorial fellowship focuses on extending the real-world impact of the academic literature on caregivers' ‘mind-mindedness’ - the ability to 'tune in' to what a young child may be thinking or feeling. Previous research has demonst ...
Most recent outputs
Andrew Irving | 13 January 2015 | Social Anthropology | End of Grant Report
Impact report - res-000-22-4657
Kate Pickett | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0107311
Denise Baden | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0103751
Bundy Mackintosh | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0070481
Harry Ferguson | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esj0066291
Clare Saunders | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
Impact report - esg0116212
John Curtice | 13 January 2015 | Politics | End of Grant Report
Key findings - esk0063551
Seraphim Alvanides | 13 January 2015 | End of Grant Report
End of award report - res-238-25-0047
Eleanor Shaw | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings res-593-25-0008
Kahryn Hughes | 30 September 2014 | End of Grant Report
Key findings esk0076611