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Political inequality and the power of the grey vote

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British Election Study data demonstrates that the gap has widened in terms of turnout rates between young and old.

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Regulating the House of Lords

Professor Meg Russell discusses the potential future of the House of Lords on BBC Radio 4.

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Professor Meg Russell, who has conducted ESRC-funded research on the House of Lords, says "the last thing we want is a House of Lords that mirrors the House of Commons" (listen from 1 hour, 15 minute onward).

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Researchers find link between social media and crime patterns

Research shows that tweets about certain crime types  help estimate patterns of crime, often over and above conventional correlates such as unemployment and proportion of young people in an area.

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The ESRC has funded this research, which was led by Dr Matthew Williams from the Social Data Science Lab at Cardiff University.

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Generating value from the public domain

There has been little scrutiny of the role of the public domain in fostering innovation. The study, Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain is one of the first empirical attempts to map the process of value creation from public domain inputs for the creative industries, although much work remains to be done.

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Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain recently published by the UK Intellectual Property Office and co-funded by the ESRC highlights the huge value of the public domain for both consumers and innovators.

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Are you sitting comfortably?: ‘Sitting down as unhealthy as smoking’ say researchers

Are you sitting comfortably?: ‘Sitting down as unhealthy as smoking’ say researchers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Cigarette packets come with a health warning – and perhaps chairs should carry the same warnings too, if the latest claims by experts at Queen’s University Belfast are to be believed.
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This study has been carried out at the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, at Queen's University Belfast - part-funded by ESRC.

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UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs

UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Over-qualification has reached saturation point, meaning money invested in education is being wasted and young people are crippled by debt, report warns
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The data behind this survey is provided by European Social Survey, which is supported by the ESRC.

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Alcohol does not affect victims' rape evidence, say academics

Alcohol does not affect victims' rape evidence, say academics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Sexual assault victims who were drunk at the time can recall key details which could help courts convict their abusers, research by academics at the University of Leicester suggests.

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This study, by Dr Heather Flowe, was funded by the ESRC.

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Accuracy of sexual assault testimonies not affected by alcohol intoxication, study finds

Research suggests intoxicated victims of sexual assault could accurately retain information from events

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The study cited in this article was funded by ESRC.

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What if the UK population keeps growing?

What if the UK population keeps growing? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800. What might happen if it continues to increase?
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Professor Jane Falkingham, Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change, speaks about issues surrounding food and water for future populations.

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Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065?

Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new form of research is needed to bring us the cities of the future.
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The article was written by Michael Keith, Director of the ESRC-funded COMPAS and coordinator at the ESRC Urban Transformations programme.

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Will replacing student maintenance grants with loans deter young people from university?

Will replacing student maintenance grants with loans deter young people from university? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Government has admitted that it did not investigate whether its controversial decision to replace student maintenance grants with loans would deter young people from poor backgrounds from going to university.

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Article cites analysis from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Study suggests Scottish Labour should be wary of lurch to the left

Study suggests Scottish Labour should be wary of lurch to the left | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In the run up to the General Election, Labour and SNP plans to cut the deficit were almost identical. 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Believing you are overweight may lead to further weight gain

Believing you are overweight may lead to further weight gain | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People who recognise they are overweight or obese are more likely to put on weight than those who are unaware that they may be heavier than doctors would advise, according to research by the University of Liverpool.
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The research cited in the article used data from the ESRC-funded National Child Development Study.

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Bill Gates sets example for business leaders on carbon pricing

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft who is using his personal wealth to tackle poverty and disease in developing countries, has highlighted the importance of climate change policies, including strong carbon pricing.
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Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science, writes this blog for Huffington Post.

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Employing secondary data for further insight: a Q&A with Paul Meller

Employing secondary data for further insight: a Q&A with Paul Meller | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Paul Meller is asked about the impact of secondary data among many questions.

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Paul Meller, head of data and resources at the ESRC, talks about the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative in a q&a.

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Do you promise not to tell?

Do you promise not to tell? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Professor Paul Baker talks to Stephen Fry on the BBC Radio 4 English Delights show focused o the mysterious appeal of secret language.

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Professor Paul Baker of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences speaks to Stephen Fry on Radio 4 about coded language - specifically polari.

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Third of UK’s Portuguese immigrants are Luso-Indians

At least one third of all Portuguese nationals who were born outside the EU and who emigrated to the UK during the first three months of this year are from Goa, according to a new study by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford is part-funded by ESRC.

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New estimates show China's carbon emissions were less than previously thought

China's carbon emissions have been substantially over estimated by international agencies for more than 10 years, according to research co-led by the University of East Anglia.
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Professor Dabo Guan's research is the result of an ESRC funded project, Dynamics of Green a Growth in European and Chinese Cities.

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Stroke 'more likely' with long hours

Stroke 'more likely' with long hours | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People working more than 40 hours a week are more likely to have a stroke, a study suggests.
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This study has been part-funded by the ESRC.

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Lesbians, gays and bisexuals less satisfied with life, new report shows

A major study of sexual minorities in the UK and Australia shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are significantly less satisfied with their lives than heterosexuals.

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This research uses data from the ESRC's UK Household Longitudinal Study.

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New test to help diagnose autism in adults

New test to help diagnose autism in adults. University psychologists have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose

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Research, by Sarah Barrett at the Wales Autism Research Centrelooking at the extent to which adults are affected by repetitive behaviours – one of the criteria used to diagnose autism – has been funded by the ESRC.

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Is this the secret to a lasting marriage?

Is this the secret to a lasting marriage? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Researchers in Canada found happily married women were more sensitive to their husband’s unexpected positive emotions than to their negative ones.
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The research cited in this article used data from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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What to expect from record year of privatisations

The current financial year looks like being the biggest year for privatisations on record. What can we expect?

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Article cites analysis from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Migrant crisis alarms Britain – but fears clash with facts

This summer, Britain's headlines have been dominated by one story thousands of migrants massing in France, aiming to get to England through the Channel Tunnel. 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at the University of Oxford

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Thousands of Polish workers to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in Britain

Thousands of Polish workers to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in Britain | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Thousands of Polish people working in Britain are expected to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in this country later this month. The protest, planned for Thursday 20th August, is the result of discussions on Polish internet forums by people angry at immigrants being blamed for Britain's economic problems.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at the University of Oxford

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