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Quarter of workers doing unpaid overtime

Quarter of workers doing unpaid overtime | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Many people feel under pressure to work extra hours.
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The article quotes findings from the ESRC-funded Skills and Employment Survey.

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Award winning researcher shifts policy mindset on cycling 

Award winning researcher shifts policy mindset on cycling  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pioneering research into the barriers to cycling and how to overcome them have helped transform the policy mindset on cycling and pave the way for increased cyc
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University of Westminster researcher Dr Rachel Aldred’s contribution to Transport for London’s decision to increase investment in cycling from a few million pounds a year to a £1 billion 10-year programme as well as the adoption of new, inclusive approaches to increasing cycling participation in London and beyond has been recognised by a £10,000 award for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy in the 2016 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Celebrating Impact Prize.

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700-year-old West African soil technique could help mitigate climate change

A farming technique practised for centuries by villagers in West Africa, which converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could be the answer to mitigating climate change and revolutionising farming across Africa.

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The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, entitled "Indigenous African soil enrichment as a climate-smart sustainable agriculture alternative", has been published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment can be found here.

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Realistic workloads and ongoing emotional support are essential if social workers are to manage stress and perform their job effectively

Realistic workloads and ongoing emotional support are essential if social workers are to manage stress and perform their job effectively, according to new research by the University of East Anglia.
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The three-year project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Rachel Aldred wins £10,000 award for policy contributions to cycling

Rachel Aldred wins £10,000 award for policy contributions to cycling | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

University of Westminster researcher Dr Rachel Aldred wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.

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Dr Rachel Aldred was winner of the Outstanding Public Policy category in the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2016.

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The perils of a populist paean to ignorance

The perils of a populist paean to ignorance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Social media has muddied the line between prejudice and facts.

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This article refers to the Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Graduate ‘over-education’ a ‘legitimate concern’, argues paper

Graduate ‘over-education’ a ‘legitimate concern’, argues paper | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

CGHE working paper suggests that governments should implement intervention policies on the ‘demand side of the labour market’.

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This article refers to research undertaken by Francis Green, professor of work and education economics, and Golo Henseke, research officer in the  ESRC funded Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies.

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Transparency and supply chains: the international challenges and solutions

Transparency and supply chains: the international challenges and solutions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Transparent and open relations between a company and its suppliers and buyers are necessary in order to exchange best practice and also in order to avoid the reputational damage that might occur if one of the parties behaves inappropriately.

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This article references the ESRC funded SCA-Emp Project

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How the Sustainable Development Goals can open up political space for transformative development

How the Sustainable Development Goals can open up political space for transformative development | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed last September, there was much expectation about how they could help get sustainability back on the development agenda, and push the international community to develop new approaches to development. A declaration, covering both north and south, sought to identify a new era for development that was universal, indivisible and radical. As the slogan went, ‘no-one was to be left behind’. The old aid focused, post-colonial MDGs were a thing of the past we hoped, and a new political space was to be opened up.

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This article was written by Ian Scoones, co-director of the ESRC Social, Technological and Envrionmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre at Sussex 

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£1,000 prize for Cornwall groups to help scientists solve mystery

£1,000 prize for Cornwall groups to help scientists solve mystery | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People in Cornwall can help teach boffins a cultural lesson – and could win £1,000 in the process. Researchers from the University of Exeter are trying to understand how cultur
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The Cultural Minds Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is exploring the cognitive processes that make human culture possible incorporating ideas and methods from evolutionary biology, anthropology and cognitive psychology.

 

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WONDERKID: Director and star discuss film about gay footballer

WONDERKID: Director and star discuss film about gay footballer | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

This week, the trailer was released for a new short film called 'WONDERKID' which focuses on a young professional footballer whose sexuality is threatening to alienate him from the game he loves.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)

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In 2016, Could the World's Poorest Countries Redefine 'Development' for Everyone?

In 2016, Could the World's Poorest Countries Redefine 'Development' for Everyone? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed last September
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Author, Ian Scoones is the Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and a professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. 

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Shocking shopping

Shocking shopping | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A bad few days for the image of Britain’s retail sector.

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This article quotes  John Van Reenen of the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance, which is funded by the ESRC.

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Transparency revolution: is there bias in university admissions?

Transparency revolution: is there bias in university admissions? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UCAS have released an unprecedented amount of data which gives detailed breakdowns across institutions of applications by sex, race and economic status. There were hopes that it might settle the question about bias in admissions: but does it?

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This article comments on the ESRC's Administrative Data Research Centre.

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Reality Check: Could there be a second referendum?

Reality Check: Could there be a second referendum? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Could there be a second referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union?
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Dr Simon Usherwood, from UK in a Changing Europe, says that if there was a second referendum, it would annoy the electorate and make people more likely to vote to leave.

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Jezza's Bezzas: Labour's New Members

Jezza's Bezzas: Labour's New Members | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Labour is in crisis. Whoever stands in the next leadership contest will have to face its grassroots members, large numbers of whom joined the party t
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With the help of YouGov and as part of an ESRC-funded project on UK party membership in the twenty-first century, Professor Tim Bale and Dr Monica Poletti (Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Paul Webb (University of Sussex)) have conducted a new survey of Labour’s new members, fielded just after the May 2016 local, devolved and mayoral elections.

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Sugar tax could lose you £8.1k in soft drinks sales - betterRetailing

Sugar tax could lose you £8.1k in soft drinks sales - betterRetailing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Independent retailers risk losing up to £8,100 in soft drinks sales every year as a result of the proposed sugar tax, according to an impact study. A repor
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A report from the Economic and Social Research Council predicts the sugar levy could cause soft drinks sales to fall by as much as 15% following the introduction of legislation in 2018.

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Indyref2 - Has the tide turned since the Brexit vote?

Indyref2 - Has the tide turned since the Brexit vote? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Prof John Curtice on the latest polling evidence on whether a majority of Scots now back independence.
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This article has been written by the UK in a Changing Europe's Professor John Curtice

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Teachers to strike in England on July 5

Teachers to strike in England on July 5 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The action would take place across the whole of the country and would concern issues such as pay. It comes after 91.7 per cent of NUT members voting in a ballot backed strike action.

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This artilce quotes the ESRC funded Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Academic who exposed police stop and search policy wins £10,000 prize

Academic who exposed police stop and search policy wins £10,000 prize | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An academic whose PhD research led to fundamental reform of Police Scotland’s stop and search policy has won a £10,000 award.

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This article refers to the ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize 2016.

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EU referendum: economic message lost on voters

EU referendum: economic message lost on voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Economists have spoken with almost one voice ahead of Britain’s historic EU referendum - but the public has barely been listening.

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This article references ESRC funded  Institutes and Centres - Paul Johnson, head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Jagjit Chadha, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and John van Reenen, head of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

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Many travelers from Britain find new sexual partners abroad

By Kathryn Doyle One in 10 men and one in 20 women who travel internationally from Great Britain find new sexual partners abroad, according to two new studies. Sexually transmitted infection and HIV prevalence is higher in certain parts of the world, so some overseas partnerships may be riskier than
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Tanton and colleagues analyzed responses to the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (funded by the ESRC) between 2010 and 2012. Of more than 15,000 adults living in Britain who responded, over 12,000 said they had at least one sexual partner within the previous five years. About 1,000 said they had sex with a new partner while traveling overseas.

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700-year-old West African soil technique could help mitigate climate change

700-year-old West African soil technique could help mitigate climate change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A farming technique practised for centuries by villagers in West Africa, which converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could be the answer to mitigating climate change.

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This article references the ESRC funded research "Indigenous African soil enrichment as a climate-smart sustainable agriculture alternative".

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-year-old-west-african-soil-technique.html#jCp

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Future of the UK and Scotland programme director awarded CBE in Birthday Honours List

Future of the UK and Scotland programme director awarded CBE in Birthday Honours List | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Tennis ace Jamie Murray, veteran rocker Rod Stewart and an ESRC-funded professor are among those being given awards by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List.

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Politics professor Charlie Jeffery, a senior vice principal at Edinburgh University, receives a CBE in the honours list, with the award being made in recognition of his work in social sciences.

As part of his role as director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Future of the UK and Scotland programme, Prof Jeffery is said to have played a leading role in informing the public debate in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum.

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Top marks vs 'could do better': Experts probe school performance riddle

Top marks vs 'could do better': Experts probe school performance riddle | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Why does one school in a disadvantaged area excel‚ while another nearby struggles?

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The research is one of eight projects funded this year by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Department for International Development.

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Ocean models support Madagascan adaption to climate change

Ocean models support Madagascan adaption to climate change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new project will use global ocean models to identify the most effective way for low income countries, such as Madagascar, to adapt to climate change.

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This project is funded by the UK's Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme to which ESRC is a contributor.

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