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The Science of Society

The Science of Society | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The last two UK governments have invested heavily in social science research. But we still do not know how to use the results in order to start improving society. This has to change, and soon.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded What Works Network

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David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences

David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Former universities minister David Willetts ranks among “34 leading social scientists” awarded fellowship status by the Academy of Social Sciences.


Among others also honoured were the new University of Leicester vice-chancellor Paul Boyle, an international authority on population and health geography who has led the Economic and Social Research Council for the past four years.

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The article mentions former ESRC Chief Executive Professor Paul Boyle, now vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester.

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Once the richest man in Scotland, now its voice of reason - Telegraph

Once the richest man in Scotland, now its voice of reason - Telegraph | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Ever the philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter wants to help referendum voters decide
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The article refers to the free ebook produced by the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause

Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK government is making noises about potentially stripping British people of their citizenship if they join conflicts abroad. But while the proposal is aimed at deterring people from joining Islamic State and other militant groups, our research found support for taking citizenship away even if Britons fight in foreign lands for causes more aligned with UK interests.

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This article, based on current discussions around British citizenship, is written by Thomas Scotto, Harold D Clarke, Jeson Reifler and Paul Whiteley - researchers who all receive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Euro data threat

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European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will hamstring beneficial scientific research
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Professor Paul Boyle, ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe writes an open letter to the Times in which he highlights that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


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Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? -

Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? - | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"How do we keep young people away from a life of gangs and violent crime? "

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Project Oracle is referred to within this article as it aims to support programme providers in gathering useful evidence about what's working in the youth and children’s sector and is funded by a consortium which includes the Economic and Social Research Council through its knowledge exchange initiative.


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In reality, new ‘flexible working’ rights could mean longer days and less family time

In reality, new ‘flexible working’ rights could mean longer days and less family time | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Flexible working time, once a perk for successful professionals, has gone mainstream. From June 30, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all workers in the UK.

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Heejung Chung receives funding from the ESRC (grant  ES/K009699/1). 


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Scotland 2014

Scotland 2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
An in depth look at the day's stories and issues affecting Scotland.

Via Centre on Constitutional Change
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ESRC Fellow Sheila Riddell and her CREID team's work on higher education and the implications of independence features in the main story on Scotland 2014. Find out more about the briefing paper.

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 ESRC Fellow Sheila Riddell and her CREID team's work on higher education and the implications of independence features in the main story on Scotland 2014. You can find out more about  the briefing paper that is cited here: http://www.futureukandscotland.ac.uk/news/influx-students-rest-uk-scotland-unlikely-study-says

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Food energy and water: the politics of the nexus

Food energy and water: the politics of the nexus | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Jeremy Allouche: Debates about the food-energy-water nexus need to recognises that global priorities may not reflect local concerns, and resource allocations are always political.

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The Nexus Network, is a £1.8m initiative by the Economic and Social Research Council, which launched on 9 June 2014, to foster new connections across food, energy, water and the environment. 


Read more and join the network.

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SuperGen Energy Storage Hub

SuperGen Energy Storage Hub | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A £4m academic-industry consortium is to examine technical and scientific challenges facing energy storage in all its forms.

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Discussed the SuperGen Energy Storage Hub, which receives funding from the ESRC.

This article was originally published on 8 May 2014.

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IPCC climate change report: Britain should 'get used' to more flooding and storms - Telegraph

IPCC climate change report: Britain should 'get used' to more flooding and storms  - Telegraph | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British academic, Neil Adger, speaking at launch of IPCC climate change report, warns that UK should brace itself for an increase in 'climate change refugees'

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ESRC funded Geography Professor Neil Adger from Exeter University and one of the authors of the latest report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says "The UK is likely to face a growing number of extreme weather scenarios as a result of global warming." 

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Funding boost for postgrad studies

Funding boost for postgrad studies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Students at the University of York have received scholarships to study Masters degrees as part of a new multi-million pound scheme.


Around 68 students have received scholarships as part of the scheme to encourage under-represented groups into postgraduate education.

York is a member of a consortium of six universities - Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York - which secured £3m funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop ways of attracting and supporting disadvantaged students into postgraduate study


Dr Paul Wakeling, a Senior Lecturer in Education at York, who is an expert on access to postgraduate study, is leading the research that will underpin the project at York.


Dr Wakeling is also working on behalf of HEFCE and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to identify and advise on the emergent findings from the portfolio of 20 projects funded by HEFCE under the Postgraduate Support Scheme.

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Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk

Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Working overtime may result in a bigger paycheck, but it may also be linked with serious health problems.

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The study was part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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BBC Points West, 03/09/2014

BBC Points West, 03/09/2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The latest news, sport, weather and features from the West of England.

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Professor David Galbreath, of the University of Bath, who is involved in various ESRC projects, including Biochemical security 2030 and 'The Drivers of Military Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare', is interviewed between 4.04 and 4.33 minutes into the programme, about why world leaders feel the need for extra protection at the NATO summit in Wales.

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Data protection regulation warned against

Data protection regulation warned against | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Europe: Evidence-based policy making in Europe is at risk from changes to a data protection regulation being considered by the European Union, according to an open letter signed by almost 30 leading scientists. 

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Europe's leading scientists including ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe Professor Paul Boyle, have highlighted in a joint letter, that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


Article originally published 19 August 2014.

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Pay What You Want

Joe Gladstone explains the behavourial science behind 'pay what you want' pricing on the BBC World News

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ESRC funded Joe Gladstone, Behavourial Scientist at the University of Cambridge discusses the new form of 'pay what you want' pricing where consumers can decide themselves how much they want to pay for goods or services.

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Antimicrobial resistance priority for new UK science minister

Antimicrobial resistance priority for new UK science minister | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK is planning a multi-pronged approach to tackle a growing threat of resistance to antibiotic drugs that is expected to see current treatments become useless within the next two decades.

In his first announcement as science minister Greg Clark said that all seven UK research councils will work together on a strategy to address the many and varied issues related to antimicrobial resistance.

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Led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) the cross-council initiative to tackle the rise of Antimicrobial resistance, sees all seven research councils coming together for the first time and will apply to medical researchers, biologists, engineers, vets, economists, social scientists, mathematicians and even designers.

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Research Professional - Scottish independence survey results revealed

Research Professional - Scottish independence survey results revealed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the researchers, research office staff and senior university managers who took part in Research Fortnight’s survey on Scottish independence said they would vote against independence.
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Research Fortnight's Scottish Independence Special cites the work of the ESRC funded programme the Future of the UK and Scotland features an article by programme director Charlie Jeffery. (Access to some articles may require a subscription.)

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Centre on Constitutional Change's curator insight, June 27, 2014 6:17 PM

Research Fortnight's Scottish Independence Special cites the work of  the Future of the UK and Scotland teams and features an article by programme director Charlie Jeffery. (Access to some articles may require a subscription.)

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A nexus approach to global challenges

A nexus approach to global challenges | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Michael Bradshaw, Declan Conway and Hayley Leck: Resource challenges are highly interconnected. Can the idea of a food-energy-water 'nexus' become more than another buzzword, and help us to identify solutions?
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Article originally published on Saturday 14 June 2014. The Nexus Network, is a £1.8m initiative by the ESRC to foster new connections across food, energy, water and the environment. 

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BIS consultation, World Cup and water cannons - blogs roundup

BIS consultation, World Cup and water cannons - blogs roundup | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Posts on our network include a look at new research into sleep, the Turing test, and Fifa's commitment to endangered armadillos. We've also got a series of posts looking at how the UK government should invest in research over the next five years. Join the live Q&A this Monday, 12-2pm.
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The round-up includes the launch of the ESRC-funded Nexus Network.

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IPCC report paints bleak picture of war, famine and pestilence: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

IPCC report paints bleak picture of war, famine and pestilence: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The negative effects of climate change are already beginning to be felt in every part of the world and yet countries are ill-prepared for the potentially immense impacts on food security, water supplies and human health, a major report has concluded.
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Professor Neil Adger from Exeter University, who is funded by ESRC, is one of the many lead authors of the latest report from the IPCC.

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