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What next for China after historic climate deal?

What next for China after historic climate deal? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The joint US-China announcement on tackling climate change has been described as “historic”, a “turning point” and a “positive signal”. It has also been written off as insubstantive or even “hype”. The reality, perhaps unsurprisingly, lies somewhere in between. What it might represent, however, is a future that pairs economic growth with environmental concerns.

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Article by ESRC-funded research fellow Sam Geall.

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Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children

Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans. These situations inevitably lead to a conflict of interest as both parties seek to maximise their gains. To deal with them, we need to understand the other person’s intentions, beliefs and desires and then use that to inform our bargaining strategy.


New research published just in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that this skill develops remarkably early in childhood, as early as age seven.

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Article by Emma Blakey, who receives funding from the ESRC.

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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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Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates

Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

University is often seen as a route to social mobility, providing the chance for all students to get higher status and better paid jobs no matter what kind of school they went to. But in our new research we found that three and a half years after finishing university, graduates who attended private schools earn an average of 7% more per year than graduates who went to state school. This is even if we compared those who went to the same universities to study the same subjects and who received the same degree class..

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Article by ESRC-funded researcher Claire Crawford.

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Why nurture is just as important as nature for understanding genetics

Why nurture is just as important as nature for understanding genetics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

We live in the age of the genome...but genetic variation is only half the story. Environmental influences are important too, and we now know that our environments can interact with our genetic makeup, in ways that can be good and bad for our health.

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Article by Claire Haworth, who has has received funding from the ESRC.

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