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Over £40m pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges including agricultural issues

Over £40m pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges including agricultural issues | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Five UK Research Councils have announced the first joint interdisciplinary calls from the new £1.5 billon Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) unveiled by the Government in last year’s spending review.

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Funding is from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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Brazil, China roles in African farming explained

Brazil, China roles in African farming explained | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Brazil and China are transforming African agriculture on South-South cooperation lines, says new study.
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Eight papers culled from an input of 20 research collaborators detail how Brazil and China are impacting the African economy. The work, organised via the Future Agricultures Consortium, was supported with roughly US$ 934,000 in UK Economic and Social Research Council funding.

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Moving house can make you healthier, happier – and greener, too

Moving house can make you healthier, happier – and greener, too | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
It's the best time to make a fresh start.
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ESRC-funded Gregory Thomas and Wouter Poortinga write a piece on their recent research, which shows people who have just moved house are significantly less likely to travel to work by car, opting for a greener mode of transport instead.

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How Oxbridge is cashing in on foreign students by taking 1,400 a year

How Oxbridge is cashing in on foreign students by taking 1,400 a year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Almost 1,400 students were recruited from abroad to Oxford (pictured) and Cambridge, in comparison with only 613 British students from low-income homes.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance

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Greater Happiness Leads to Greater Productivity, Study Finds

Greater Happiness Leads to Greater Productivity, Study Finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Modern attention toward a work environment that keeps employees happy is more than just feel-good fluff; a new study shows clearer links than ever before between worker happiness and productivity.

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This article refers to research undertaken by the ESRC funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick University.

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EU migrants have no negative effect on UK wages, says LSE

EU migrants have no negative effect on UK wages, says LSE | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The rapid increase in migration from other EU countries has not had an adverse impact on the wages and job prospects of UK-born workers, according to research by the London School of Economics.

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The LSE's Centre for Economic Performance is funded by the ESRC.

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Neighborhoods with more takeaways amplify social inequalities in unhealthy eating and obesity

People who live or work near to a greater number of takeaway outlets are more likely to eat more takeaway food and to be overweight, but new research from the University of Cambridge indicates that neighborhoods that are saturated with fast food outlets may be particularly unhealthy for people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

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Article cites the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge which rceives part funding from the ESRC

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EU migrants have no negative effect on UK wages, says LSE

EU migrants have no negative effect on UK wages, says LSE | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research blames 2008 recession for lower real salaries rather than rise in foreign workers, adding they paid more into UK economy than they took out

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance

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Britain slow to adjust to gender equality in work-family roles

Gender equality in work-family roles has not yet been reached in Britain, with a fifth of families still relying on the father being the sole full-time breadwinner despite a significant growth in dual earning households, according to new research.
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This study was funded by the ESRC

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Black stars take home top awards at 'most diverse' TV Baftas

Black stars take home top awards at 'most diverse' TV Baftas | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Among the winners was historian and broadcaster David Olusoga’s harrowing BBC documentary Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, which revealed the extent to which the country profited from slavery, as well as how common slave ownership was among ordinary members of society, including the clergy and widows.

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The research behind David Olusoga’s Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, was funded by the ESRC.

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Leaving the EU could have an impact on Scotland's financial sector, economic expert warns

Dr Angus Armstrong, a research fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council, said services were a key issue in Scotland because of its strong financial sector - particularly in insurance and pensions.

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08:59 - Dr Angus Armstrong, a research fellow at the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative, is quoted on BBC Radio Scotland

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Brexit ‘unlikely to mean deep migration cuts but may lead to 2p tax increase’

Brexit ‘unlikely to mean deep migration cuts but may lead to 2p tax increase’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Economist Jonathan Portes says Brexit is likely to cut net migration to UK by only 100,000 but reduction will cause financial harm
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Professor Jonathan Portes is a senior research fellow on the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe programme.

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Booted in the ballots... experts’ warning as two million snub election

Booted in the ballots... experts’ warning as two million snub election | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Politicians must fight harder to get Scots interested in voting after the dismal Holyrood election turnout, experts warn.

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The article quotes Professors John Curtice and Michael Keating, both of whom are funded by the ESRC

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Commission needed to take charge of devolution

Commission needed to take charge of devolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Experts believe a commission will ensure the devolution of power to city-regions and counties in England is carried out more smoothly
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ESRC-funded experts believe a commission will ensure the devolution of power to city-regions and counties in England is carried out more smoothly

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The charts that show the true state of poverty in the UK

The charts that show the true state of poverty in the UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK has 3.9 million people in "persistent poverty" according to a report released from the Office for National Statistics today.
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (funded by the ESRC) expects child poverty to increase by 50 per cent.

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Are our national statistics accurate? 

Are our national statistics accurate?  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Where do official statistics come from? From the Office for National Statistics (ONS), of course. But how are their figures actually produced? Where do they come from?


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

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City planners tap into wealth of cycling data from Strava tracking app

City planners tap into wealth of cycling data from Strava tracking app | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Seventy-six cities and regions are using Strava Metro data to help assess and shape transport policy.

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The Urban Big Data Centre at Glasgow University is funded by ESRC

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Four things job seekers should never do

Four things job seekers should never do | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Lateness is the number one reason applicants fail to get jobs, according to Resurgo Trust, a charity that works with young people not in employment, education or training.

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This article qoutes data from the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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What could Brexit mean for the UK's travel and tourism industry?

What could Brexit mean for the UK's travel and tourism industry? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The results could depend on whether we join the European Economic Area and if we require EU citizens to apply for visas to enter the UK

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Articlec cites the UK and EU programme

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YP Comment: The victim who found her voice. A Hillsborough mother’s journey

YP Comment: The victim who found her voice. A Hillsborough mother’s journey | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

NELSON MANDELA, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel...the list of world leaders to have addressed MPs and peers reflects the Palace of Westminster’s status as a cradle of democracy.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies

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Stop and search academic up for 'best newcomer' award

Stop and search academic up for 'best newcomer' award | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An academic whose ground-breaking study of Police Scotland stop and search tactics helped prompt a change of policy, is up for a top award

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Artilce cites ESRC Impact shortlisted researcher Dr Kath Murray at Edinburgh University

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Benefit sanctions are now hitting ‘hardworking’ families

Benefit sanctions are now hitting ‘hardworking’ families | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research says the extension of benefit sanctions is leading to increased debt and eviction threats and causing ill health
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New ESRC-funded study shows benefit sanctions are leaving people almost destitute, with some individuals being pushed toward “survival crime” in order to eat and children missing school because parents can’t pay the bus fare.

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Migration will not be affected by Brexit

Migration will not be affected by Brexit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
An EU referendum special live from Boston in Lincolnshire. With Evan Davis.
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Jonathan Portes a senior research fellow of the UK in a Changing Europe (funded by ESRC) speaks to Newsnight.

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NIESR warns of Brexit 'shock' to UK economy

NIESR warns of Brexit 'shock' to UK economy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK economy would experience a “significant shock” if it left the European Union, the respected National Institute of Economic and Social Research has said.

Unveiling the results of its major analysis of the possible economic impact of Brexit, the think tank said that in the short run UK GDP growth would be 1.9 per cent in 2017, rather than the 2.7 per cent that could be expected if Britons voted to remain.  
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Dr Angus Armstrong is a Senior Research Fellow for the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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Private school pupils and Russell Group graduates are slimmer and healthier in middle age

Private school pupils and Russell Group graduates are slimmer and healthier in middle age | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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Researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education, analysed information on more than 8,400 men and women born across England, Scotland and Wales in a single week in 1970, who are part of the 1970 British Cohort Study.

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