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Twitter shows love for Lee Rigby

"The results were surprising, and did not support the common conception that social media platforms are havens for those spreading hateful and social disruptive online content," said Dr Matthew Williams, from the School of Social Sciences.
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The article discusses research conducted as part of the COSMOS Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Google Data Analytics grant: 'Hate' Speech and Social Media: Understanding Users, Networks and Information Flows’. Collaborators include academics from the Universities of Warwick and St Andrews.

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Society actually does want policies that benefit future generations

Society actually does want policies that benefit future generations | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research has shed new light on whether we prefer policies that would benefit ourselves or our descendants.
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Both authors, Hilary Graham and Piran White, are from the Health of Populations and Ecosystems (HOPE) project funded by the ESRC.

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'Clock is ticking' on Scottish independence vote

'Clock is ticking' on Scottish independence vote | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The countdown to a second Scottish independence referendum appears to have begun after Prime Minister Theresa May laid out the course towards a "hard" Brexit -- but Scots are as divided as ever. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said another vote was "more likely" than ever.

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Michael Keating, director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Constitutional Change is qouted in this article.

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One in five young people lose sleep over social media

One in five young people lose sleep over social media | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in five young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research published in the Journal of Youth Studies. This night-time activity is making teenagers three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night, and could be affecting their happiness and wellbeing.

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The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) is funded by the ESRC.

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Economic experts react to Theresa May Brexit speech

Economic experts react to Theresa May Brexit speech | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Economists from academia and the City of London respond to Theresa May’s landmark speech in which she confirmed that the UK will leave the single market and instead seek a free trade deal with the rest of the European Union.
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Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics, King's College London & Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe (funded by ESRC) gives his verdict.

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Hard Brexit means retiring later, Britons warned

Hard Brexit means retiring later, Britons warned | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Drastic cuts to migration will skew the ratio of working-age people to pensioners, delaying pension payments, modelling for the Guardian shows
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Carl Emmerson, the deputy director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies, warned that an economic downturn caused by Brexit could mean extending older people’s working lives.

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Just an hour a day on social media can affect kids' happiness

Just an hour a day on social media can affect kids' happiness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new study finds that children and teens who spend more time on social media feel worse about their lives.


Via UnderstandingSociety
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This study uses data from Understanding Society, which is funded by the ESRC.

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Budget ‘rabbits’ a symptom of flawed policymaking, says report

Budget ‘rabbits’ a symptom of flawed policymaking, says report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A proliferation of poorly-scrutinised tax changes leads to confusion, costly errors and embarrassing U-turns, according to the study by the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Institute for Government.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies is funded by the ESRC.

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What a TV mixup can teach us about preventing fatal accidents

What a TV mixup can teach us about preventing fatal accidents | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Complex systems, from TV shows to hospitals, have plenty of checks and procedures, so why do things still go wrong?
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Co-author Todd Landman receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council. He is affiliated with the Royal Society of Arts and the Magic Circle.

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Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster' 

Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A "hard Brexit" would be the "biggest disaster" to have hit the UK's universities for many years, a university head told MPs.

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Article cites ESRC Senior Research Fellow, Professor Catherine Barnard

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Adult children expect to receive gifts to parents back as inheritance 

Adult children expect to receive gifts to parents back as inheritance  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Grown-up children's willingness to share their wealth with their parents depends heavily on how much they hope they will ultimately get back, researchers discovered.

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Findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies are cited in the article

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Why Liverpool beats London as the top UK city to find a job

Why Liverpool beats London as the top UK city to find a job | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In terms of cost of living, doing business, and finding a job, Liverpool wins out against the capital. Here's why.

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Figures in the article were compiled by the ESRC-funded Enterprise Research Centre

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A bad Brexit could be game-changer for independence, believes Curtice

A bad Brexit could be game-changer for independence, believes Curtice | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Alex Salmond naming the date for Scotland’s first independence referendum, our top polling expert has suggested a disastrous Brexit outcome offers the best chance of victory second time around.

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Professor John Curtice is a Senior Fellow of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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Rising inheritances will deliver biggest benefit for those already well off

Younger generations are likely to inherit much more wealth than their predecessors did, both in absolute terms and relative to their other sources of wealth.

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The research referenced in this article was undertaken by the ESRC-funded Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. You can find out more on the Inheritances and inequality across and within generations via the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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'Dry' and 'try' January campaigns show moderate drinking is not just about units of alcohol

'Dry' and 'try' January campaigns show moderate drinking is not just about units of alcohol | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The rise of annual January drinking campaigns. shows that our ideas of moderate drinking aren't solely based public health guidlelines.

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Dr Henry Yeoman is an academic lead at the White Rose DTC ESRC Networks

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The key to happiness and career change

The key to happiness and career change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Hear from Professor Richard Layard co-author of a new research study of what really makes us happy. BBC Radio clip plays from 15:00-22:30

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Professor Richard Layard is Programme Director - Wellbeing, at the London School of Economics and Political Science's Centre for Economic Performance which is funded by ESRC.

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One in five secondary pupils checks social media in the middle of the night, study finds

One in five secondary pupils checks social media in the middle of the night, study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
These teenagers are constantly tired at school, academics say
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This research was completed by the ESRC-funded, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods.

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If only more people could be like Whoopi Goldberg – and realise they don't need or want monogamy

If only more people could be like Whoopi Goldberg – and realise they don't need or want monogamy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Despite living in a society that supposedly shed its sexual shackles fifty years ago, we are still extraordinarily traditional. Over 70 per cent of women born in 1970 had been married by age 40, while the Centre for Population Change predicts women born in 1980 will also marry at high rates – albeit later.
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The Centre for Population Change - quoted in this article - is funded by the ESRC.

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What to expect from Theresa May's big Brexit speech

What to expect from Theresa May's big Brexit speech | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister’s speech this Tuesday has been trailed as her opportunity to set out her “Brexit plan” – her negotiating priorities in advance of the Supreme Court ruling on the requirement for Parliamentary approval of Article 50 notification, expected before the end of the month.
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Authors Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes are from the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. 

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Men's income inequality has risen significantly in last 20 years

Men's income inequality has risen significantly in last 20 years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Institute for Fiscal Studies found the opposite was true of women's pay.
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies is funded by the ESRC.

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Why some children are more likely to go back into care than others

Why some children are more likely to go back into care than others | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Once a child has left care, their characteristics, the stability of their placement and how they left it influence their chances of re-entering the system.
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Author Louise McGrath-Lone receives funding from the ESRC (grant reference number ES/L007517/1) which established the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E).

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Number of men working part-time in low paid jobs has quadrupled in 20 years

Number of men working part-time in low paid jobs has quadrupled in 20 years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Shocking figures revealed by a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows a 20 year trend of wage decline for men across the age spectrum.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies receives funding from the ESRC

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Martin McGuinness resignation could return Northern Ireland to direct rule

Martin McGuinness resignation could return Northern Ireland to direct rule | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A political scandal has laid bare the irreconcilable differences between to two main parties in the power-sharing agreement.
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Co-author John Garry receives funding from the ESRC and is the Principal Investigator on the Northern Ireland Assembly Election Study 2016 project.

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Young people are living in fear of the future says shock report

Young people are living in fear of the future says shock report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in seven even felt their life would amount to nothing. Professor Louise ­Arseneault, at King’s College London, believes the report shows a “big shift” in attitudes.

“What is worrying is that these things are found in this younger group of people. Now the younger generation, instead of having dreams of making things different, actually feel very gloomy about the future.”

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Professor Louise ­Arseneault, is the ESRC mental health leadership fellow.

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'A great black book': how to exploit contacts for global success

'A great black book':  how to exploit contacts for global success | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
An eye for opportunity and an appetite for risk puts serial entrepreneurs at an advantage in new markets, what can their approach teach first-time founders?
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This article quotes Professor Mark Hart, Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded Enterprise Research Centre.

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Screen time guidelines need to be built on evidence, not hype

Screen time guidelines need to be built on evidence, not hype | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

There is an important debate to be had about screen time, but we need quality research and evidence to support it.

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ESRC-funded academics - including Professor Caroline Rowland Co-director, ESRC LuCiD centre, department of psychological sciences, University of Liverpool and Dr Mairéad MacSweeney Director of the deafness, cognition and language research centre, UCL - write this open letter to the Guardian.

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