Influences on behaviour

Football crowd

Access news and information about influences on behaviour. You can read our latest research outputs, features, case studies and other relevant content.


Investment per year

Year Funding Amount


Most recent grants

Show all

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 ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

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 ...

Ora: understanding and preventing youth crime (upyc)

Professor Mike Hough | 24 February 2014

Upyc is a comparative study of school children’s experience of offending and victimisation, attitudes to crime and substance use, covering france, germany, the netherlands, england, scotland and the us. The study forms part of the third interna ...

Urgent invite - after woolwich: social reactions on social media

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 ...

Consumer data research support service (cdrss)

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 ...

Exploring the effects of learning and motivation on visual cognition

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 ...

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 ...


Most recent outputs

Show all


Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Bbc radio one program on prejudice. It describes the social and cognitive processes underlying prejudice and explores the social groups that are likely victims of prejudice and discrimination.

Middle class young women: agentic sexual subjects?

Claire Maxwell | 23 April 2014 | Sociology | Journal article

There are a number of gaps in current understandings of the links between young femininities, agency and social class. Building on recent work, we examine how closely young middle-class women in one fee-paying school in england take up so-called top ...

Ageism in cancer care

Hannah Swift | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Reports on findings from the european social survey on old age stereotypes.

Why there is still a country for old men

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

Belfast telegraph morning report findings from the project on the perceived start of old age and the duration of middle-age.

You know you're middle aged when.

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Dissemination / Communication

An article in saga magazine describes findings from the grant project exploring perceptions of young-age, middle-age and old-age in the european social survey

Why sickle cell and thalassaemia are really health and not ethnic issues

Dyson Simon | 23 April 2014 | Social Policy | Seminar/workshop

The presentation was given as part of community led, conference – community spirit in crisis? creating the potential for positive change - held in cardiff and organised by friends of cardiff sickle cell and thalassaemia. The research team have been g ...

Ageing, ageism and well being evidence from the ess

Dominic Abrams | 23 April 2014 | Psychology | Conference paper/presentation

This paper summarises key findings about attitudes to age in the ess. We provide an overview of research by the european research group on attitudes to age (eurage), which proposed the ‘experiences and expressions of ageism’ module fielded in 2008/9 ...

Case Studies

Most recent case studies

Show all

Data lays foundation for alcohol pricing policy

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.

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.

Social science impact on the sure start initiative

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.

Turning into an extremist

Case Study | 26 April 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Research by professor per-olof wikstrã¶m has been cited in two government initiatives – the anti-terrorism strategy contest and the prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.

The sheep that stopped grassland fires

Case Study | 02 January 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Working with the south wales fire & rescue service, the brass research centre achieved a 46 per cent reduction in deliberate grassfires in the south wales valleys by the use of social marketing techniques.

Crowd control without confrontation

Case Study | 14 August 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on crowd policing, showing the benefits of a less confrontational approach, has led to a change in policing strategies in the uk and abroad.

Decision-making in rape trials

Case Study | 15 January 2007 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on biased jury decisions in rape trials informed home office legislation review and judicial assessments in new zealand.


Most recent features

Show all

Show us the money, say scottish voters

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.

Why the hate? abusive behaviour in social media

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.

Managing the culture of risk

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.

Cutting the smoking habit

Feature | 02 October 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The annual nhs stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smo ...

Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

Chasing the teen vote

Feature | 03 September 2013 | Academic, General public, Press/media

Contrary to beliefs, young people are broadly interested in politics and supportive of the democratic process – but dislike formal, professional politics, political parties and national politicians.

Happier workers in wales

Feature | 12 July 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

Welsh workers are happier than colleagues in other uk countries, despite lower wages and less skilled jobs.

Babies of blind mothers more skilled at communication

Feature | 26 June 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Far from being disadvantaged, babies of blind mothers develop communication and attention skills than their peers, according to research by dr atsushi senju. He found no signs of autistic-like behaviour due to lack of visual communication.

Female surgeons: cutting the gender gap

Feature | 10 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Despite more women than men studying at uk medical schools, women are far less likely than male colleagues to pursue a career in surgery. Esrc-funded researchers have partnered with rcs and surgical society scalpel to encourage women to become surgeo ...

Press Releases

Most recent press releases

Show all

Rude britannia – what our politeness says about our nation

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 university’s faculty of arts and social sciences (fass). The research will be presented at ...

A woman's work is never done?

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 women’s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the ...

Women worldwide know less about politics than men

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 ...

How teenagers cope with inner-city risks

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.

Unique software supports behavioural intervention programmes

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 ...

London 2012 will inspire tomorrow’s social scientists

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 council’s (esrc) festival ...

Nudge or think: what works best for our society?

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).

Family literacy project exceeds expectations

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.

Getting your message across

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).

Taking nothing at face value

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 ( ...