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Report calls for wellbeing to be at the heart of public policy design

Report calls for wellbeing to be at the heart of public policy design | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Wellbeing and Policy, commissioned by the Legatum Institute, is the final report of the Commission on Wellbeing and Policy, chaired by Gus O'Donnell (pictured top right), Chair of Frontier Economics and a Visiting Professor at LSE. Professor Lord Richard Layard (pictured below left), Director of the Wellbeing Programme in LSE's Centre for Economic Performance, was one of the five commissioners tasked with exploring how wellbeing analysis can be usefully applied to policy. 

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The Centre for Economic Performance is funded by the ESRC.

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Taking off the veil: easy. Then the death threats begin

Taking off the veil: easy. Then the death threats begin | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As young Islamists hog headlines by revelling in slaughter, a procession of other young Muslims, often women, are risking all — even their lives — to abandon the faith, writes Simon Cottee
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Article based on Simon Cottee's ESRC-funded research on ex-Muslims.

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The Guardian view on taxes in the election: dangerous taboos

The Guardian view on taxes in the election: dangerous taboos | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

If politicians keep to their promises not to raise taxes, that is dismaying. But if they honour them, the consequences will be terrifying

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

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'Naughty pupils could be more at risk under academies,' report warns

'Naughty pupils could be more at risk under academies,' report warns | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Badly-behaved children or students with special needs could be more likely to be expelled under academies because of their freedoms on admissions and exclusions

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Economic Performance based at the London School of Economics

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Faces of unborn babies ‘show effects of smoking’

Faces of unborn babies ‘show effects of smoking’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The harmful effects of smoking in pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using four dimensional (4D) ultrasound scans, research has found.

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Article cites the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS) The ESRC provides administrative management of the UKCTCS.

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The Government needs to get serious about digital elections

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. 

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Article cites findings form the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Avon and Somerset Police Federation: Why we need more bobbies

Police officers have launched a campaign over cuts that have seen more than 1,000 bobbies across the region "disappear" over the last five years. 

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Too few voters understand immigrants’ role in UK recovery

Too few voters understand immigrants’ role in UK recovery | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Positive views on immigration rise with financial literacy, but uninformed majority could still turn to Ukip, study finds

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Watching TV can be good for toddlers

Watching TV can be good for toddlers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scaremongering about the negative effects of children's TV-watching is not new. But in our busy lives it's more and more tempting to let your child watch television for half an hour.

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The author of the article, Gemma Taylor, is a Research Associate for the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).

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Sunny days make British office workers sad

Sunny days make British office workers sad | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

After millennia of coping with grey clouds, sleet, fog and other “bad” weather, humans have learned to cope. Happiness is not correlated to whether the sun is shining, according to research.

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The article cites data from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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Meera Syal supports Life Study UK

Meera Syal supports Life Study UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Significant analysis helps to improve the lives of children nationwide

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Artilce cites the ESRC-funded Life Study based at the University College London (UCL)

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Is finding equality just as difficult for boys in the current climate?

We have to think carefully about the messages we are sending to young men. If we show them that we only think negatively about them, we risk alienating them at just the time when they face the pressures of growing up.

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Rain or shine, it makes no difference to how happy most Britons feel

Rain or shine, it makes no difference to how happy most Britons feel | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research dispels belief that sunny weather cheers people up and bad weather makes them miserable

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Artilce cites a study that used data from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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UnderstandingSociety's curator insight, March 16, 6:36 AM

This research uses BHPS and Met Office data to look for links between happiness and temperature or sadness and rainfall. Find out more https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/about/bhps-in-understanding-society

 

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Young photographers capture a changing world

Young photographers capture a changing world | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced the winners of its 2015 photographic competition ‘Changing World’.

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Coverage of the ESRC Changing World photo competition at The Independent.

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'Soaring pupil numbers will put pressure on school budgets,' report says

'Soaring pupil numbers will put pressure on school budgets,' report says | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Soaring immigration and higher birth rates will put pressure on school budgets as they struggle to cope with the extra number of pupils, a think tank warns

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Article cites findings from a report published by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Conscientious kids less likely to smoke later in life

A new study has recently revealed that conscientious kids are less likely to smoke later in life. It was also mentioned that the personality trait could help explain the health inequalities.

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Article cites data from the ESRC-funded National Child Development Study

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Sex education in the UK is letting our teenagers down

Teens have no problem assessing information about sex, yet pregnancy and STI rates remain high. Lessons may have improved, but more still needs to be done

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Article cites the ESRc-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Britain's problems far from over, warns George Osborne

Britain's problems far from over, warns George Osborne | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Chancellor says there is no room for policymakers to be complacent, as the world still faces a "very difficult economic situation"

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Article quotes Paul Johnson, the director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Job loss could lead to decade of distrust

A new study has explored that losing one's job scars trust to such an extent that even finding new work may not reverse it. The study conducted at University of Manchester suggested that people who lose their jobs are less willing to trust others for up to a decade after being laid-off. 

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Article cites ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, Dr Laurence at The University of Manchester.

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The Observer view on the budget

The Observer view on the budget | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

For all the Tories talk of hard-working families, the poor will be hit hard in their Britain of the future

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Article qutoes Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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ESRC: fine-tuning is nothing for fledgling scholars to fear

ESRC: fine-tuning is nothing for fledgling scholars to fear | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research council chief insists the benefits of narrowing funding range for grants scheme outweigh risks

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The article is about the new ESRC funding thresholds.

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How city trees, related vegetation reduce pollution, improve health

How city trees, related vegetation reduce pollution, improve health | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The National Arbor Day Foundation has a simple app that allows visitors to see how a city changes as it adds tree cover and other vegetation. Using a little sliding tool, one can gradually change the illustration from one with few trees to one with abundant trees. The difference is striking.

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Reality check: will living standards be higher this year than in 2010?

Reality check: will living standards be higher this year than in 2010? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Living standards are up, the deficit is halved, the surplus healthy, employment soaring and the north a real winner. We check if Osborne’s budget claims add up

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Jamie Sword's curator insight, March 19, 6:50 AM

Risk currently is that whilst living standards may be higher, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

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Parents’ time on TV could have effect on children

Parents’ time on TV could have effect on children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How many hours of television do you watch a day? New research suggests that parents who watch three hours of television a day could be affecting their children's TV viewing habits for the next three decades.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) based at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Jay Carter's curator insight, March 23, 2:55 AM

Without a doubt, as a whole, we watch excessive amounts of television. When i was younger, around primary school, my parents had a tradition on a Tuesday night. From the time we all got home from school and work the television set wold not get turned on. It would later on be called 'family night'. A night to talk and have conversations around the dinner table, to talk about our day, help each other with home work. In 5 years time i more than likely going to have a family and i will be carrying on this tradition because i do believe that excessive amounts of tv are effecting us in more ways than one. 

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Parents' TV watching habits 'affect their children'

Parents who watch three hours of television a day could be affecting their children's TV viewing habits for the next three decades, research suggests.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) based at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, March 23, 7:52 AM

Uh...well, of course. Modeling. Think about social media or digitial device usage too. 

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A day in the life of your budget: How much do you spend in a day?

A day in the life of your budget: How much do you spend in a day? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

From morning alarm to lights out, we spend money before even touching our wallet. Ahead of Budget day next week, the Telegraph adds up our average daily spend

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