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Opinion: should all police officers carry tasers?

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.

The great war and the myths

Feature | 04 August 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

A report from the esrc centre for competitive advantage in the global economy (cage) at the university of warwick has analysed common myths around causes and events of the great war.

No place to go

Feature | 20 December 2013 | General public, Press/media

Research has found that one of the key barriers to resolving site planning for gypsies and travellers is the creation of conflict through political and media discussion.

The syrian refugee crisis

Feature | 16 September 2013 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools

The crisis in syria has led to a huge stream of refugees fleeing the country. "the scale and pace of this mass exodus is nearly unprecedented," says dr jakub bijak at the esrc centre for population change.

Syria and intervention: the pragmatic public

Feature | 29 August 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Polls currently show the public opposed to british military action in syria by a margin of two to one. Esrc-funded research suggests that the public is pragmatic about military intervention, and will support it - if they are convinced it will work, a ...

The battle for helmand

Feature | 17 July 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

How the taliban returned to afghanistan and why they have proved so difficult to defeat is the subject of a ground-breaking study building on partnership for conflict, crime and security research, carried out by professor theo farrell and dr antonio ...

Our nuanced attitude to war

Feature | 13 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

In the first major survey of foreign policy attitudes in britain, researchers have found that most people did not simply support or oppose the use of force on principle, but instead made a judgment based on various aspects of the situation.

Libya's unofficial army

Feature | 05 July 2012 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Revolutionary fighters from the libyan uprising are distrustful of the national army leadership, and have established the national shield, a national army-in-waiting, in order to safeguard the 'ideals of the revolution'.

Do wrongs make a riot?

Feature | 29 November 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Were the august riots 'simply criminality' or a symptom of a wider malaise? looking at the key sectors of education, employment and family wellbeing, expert commentators explore whether society actually is 'broken' – and how it can be fixed.

Riots: going viral

Feature | 12 August 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Online social media such as twitter have been blamed for exacerbating the riots, by making it possible to quickly spread false rumours and incite others to violence - but this is far from a new phenomenon, explains helen margetts, professor of societ ...

Case studies

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Tackling northern ireland's flag problem

Case Study | 21 September 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Research on how flag use affects tension between communities in northern ireland has transformed understanding and fed into reconciliation strategies.

Supporting justice for bosnian war crime victims

Case Study | 04 July 2014 | General public, International, Press/media

An esrc-funded project has helped strengthen the links between legal processes and war crime victims in bosnia, supporting transparency and legitimacy for the state court of bosnia and herzegovina.

Policing crowds without force

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.

Streamlining military operations

Case Study | 19 September 2011 | General public, Press/media

As a consequence of a review by partnership for conflict, crime and security research (paccs) fellow professor theo farrell, programme management of reconstruction in afghanistan has been strengthened and support to district stabilisation teams impro ...

Security in war-torn countries

Case Study | 15 June 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on security risks in post-conflict countries has led to significant input to the prime minister's africa commission, the world bank and the un secretary-general's high level panel on security.

Press releases

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Science and security programme launched

Press Release | 04 March 2013 | Academic, International, Policymakers

The rcuk global uncertainties programme is pleased to announce the start of the new â£2. 1 million science and security programme.

Soldiers who desecrate the dead see themselves as hunters

Press Release | 21 May 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Modern day soldiers who mutilate enemy corpses or take body-parts as trophies are usually thought to be suffering from the extreme stresses of battle according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)

Urban conflict and divided cities

Press Release | 12 May 2011 | Academic, Business, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Urban conflict is nothing new in cities like belfast, jerusalem and major cities in the middle east. An international conference at queens’s university in belfast explores how cities have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts.

Understanding conflict

Press Release | 03 February 2011 | International, Policymakers, Press/media

Researchers at oxford university will lead an interdisciplinary team of global experts in carrying out field studies and controlled experiments on exploring how ritual contributes to intergroup conflict and violence.


Most recent grants

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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 ...

Transformative justice in tunisia and egypt

Professor Paul Gready | Socio Legal Studies | 13 January 2014

The arab world was shaken in 2011 by a series of popular movements, collectively known as the 'arab spring(s)'. Who is driving (and contesting) change, and what kind of change is being sought? this study addresses such questions in the context of the ...

Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny

Dr Claire Hardaker | 01 December 2013

In july 2013, caroline criado-perez successfully campaigned to have a woman appear on an english banknote, and was subsequently inundated with misogynistic abuse on twitter. Over the next few days, this escalated into death and bomb threats sent to s ...

Faith-based conflict prevention and early warning scoping project

Professor Alpaslan Ozerdem | Peace Studies | 29 November 2013

The aim of the project is to answer three questions about the role of churches and other faith groups in helping to spot early signs of violence and stop it from happening. What is distinctive about faith-based approaches and what makes the ...

Counter-piracy governance: a praxiographic analysis

Dr Christian Bueger | Security Studies | 09 November 2013

Maritime piracy is  back on the agenda of world politics. How is the international community responding to piracy and what makes it so difficult to address the problem? this three year research project analyses the international response to cont ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings - esj0220631

Mark Webber | 13 January 2015 | Internat. Studies & Relations | End of Grant Report

Key findings - esj0220631

Key findings esk0038951

Eric Kaufmann | 30 September 2014 | Political Science | End of Grant Report

Key findings esk0038951