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Unveiling the secrets of the hidden world of drug trafficking

Dr Jennifer Fleetwood at the University of Leicester has examined the complex motivations and experiences of women working as drug mules in the international cocaine trade.

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This article announces a new publication, based on research funded by the ESRC.


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Leicestershire among top business growth areas in UK

Leicester and Leicestershire has among the most growing businesses in the UK, according to a recent report by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and GrowthAccelerator on business growth in LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) areas.

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Article cites research from the ESRC funded Enterprise Research Centre

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Rolf Harris guilty, but what has Operation Yewtree taught us about sexual abuse?

Rolf Harris guilty, but what has Operation Yewtree taught us about sexual abuse? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The exposure of Savile and the convictions of Harris, Clifford and Hall might well offer some form of “closure” to their victims. The rest of us have come to a strange sort of crossroads. We will never again be so naïve about the existence of sexual abuse nor the prevalence of sex offenders, however well we might think we “know” them.

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Dr Bernard Gallagher receives funding from the ESRC.

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Do big sisters really do best?

Do big sisters really do best? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

If you’re female and the eldest child in your family, the chances are that you’ll also be the most ambitious and well qualified, according to researchers at the University of Essex. 

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This article cites data used from the ESRC funded British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society


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Productivity pains and labour gains in the UK

Productivity pains and labour gains in the UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The flexibility of wages in the UK combined with very low investment may explain why the Great Recession took a big toll on productivity, but not on jobs.
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The article cites research from the ESRC funded Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) 

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Startup survival rates are best outside of big cities

Startup survival rates are best outside of big cities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A myth is that cities are overwhelmingly responsible for growth and value creation. A new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) Growth Dashboard, developed by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) in collaboration with GrowthAccelerator, suggests a more complex picture.

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Mark Hart, the author of this articles, is deputy director at the ESRC funded Enterprise Research Centre


Article first published 27 June 2014

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Bites, dives and dirty tackles: The science behind what drives a soccer player to break the rules

Bites, dives and dirty tackles: The science behind what drives a soccer player to break the rules | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

FIFA’s decision to hand Luis Suarez a four month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has sealed Suarez’s place as the villain of World Cup 2014.


But where does this behaviour that we find to be so unsportsmanlike come from? Suarez is not the only culprit: diving, dirty tackles and other foul behaviour takes place on the pitch that leaves us wondering why players sometimes act this way. Sports psychology research shows that clearly there are some personal characteristics that predispose players to cheat, but the social environment also plays a key role.

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This article was written by Maria Kavassanu who has received funding from the ESRC.

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Poverty blights elite education path

Poverty blights elite education path | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A child's background can be a bigger deciding factor than their academic ability in how likely they are to get into top universities, says research.
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This article refers to research undertaken by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Little or poor sleep may be associated with worse brain function when ageing

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive function in older people. 

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Article cites data analysis by the ESRC funded Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

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Older women could be more likely to be in jobs than men, says report

Older women could be more likely to be in jobs than men, says report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Older women will be as likely or more likely to be in jobs than men by the 2020s, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC funded The Changing Face of Retirement report, published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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NI migrant population triples in decade

NI migrant population triples in decade | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Northern Ireland's migrant population has tripled in a decade, according to a study by Oxford University.

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This article uses research findings from the The Migration Observatory which is part funded by the ESRC


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More than half of homes take more than they contribute

More than half of homes take more than they contribute | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Official figures reveal record numbers of people who receive more in benefits and public services than they pay in tax

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Article quotes findings from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Women over 65 still in jobs will soar to 37% in six years

Women over 65 still in jobs will soar to 37% in six years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More women than men will be working beyond the age of 65 by 2020, experts predict.

This is because more women are in jobs than ever, they have a longer life expectancy than men and often, smaller pensions.


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Article cites findings from the ESRC funded The Changing Face of Retirement report, published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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After Ukraine NATO has a role again, but Americans look to Europe and say: who’s paying?

After Ukraine NATO has a role again, but Americans look to Europe and say: who’s paying? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Russian response to what Moscow perceives as its three main security challenges. 

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Author, Simon J Smith, receives funding form the ESRC.

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Music can work wonders for older people

Music can work wonders for older people | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A comprehensive overview of international research into older people community music-making and their conclusion is that it can benefit both body and soul.

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Article cites research from the New Dynamics of Ageing programme which receives funding from the ESRC

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Shopgirls - The True Story of Life Behind the Counter: Revolution on the Floor

Shopgirls - The True Story of Life Behind the Counter: Revolution on the Floor | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The second programme in this series, looking at how shopgirls became a respected workforce in the early 20th century.

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ESRC funded researcher Dr Pamela Cox charts the history of   'Shopgirls' in her new three part documentary series. The second programme aired on BBC2 on Tuesday 1 July at 9pm.

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UK Government Fails to Communicate About Climate Change

UK Government Fails to Communicate About Climate Change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK Government displayed breath-taking complacency in its formal response this week to a report by MPs that criticised the way in which climate change is being communicated to the public.
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Bob Ward is the Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics Policy

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Paid work a 'barrier to exercise' for older women

Older women in paid employment are less likely to take part in leisure-time physical activity, according to research by the University of Birmingham.

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This article cites data used from the ESRC funded British Household Panel Survey


 

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Lonely Britain: Tens of thousands of elderly men and women are left home and alone

Lonely Britain: Tens of thousands of elderly men and women are left home and alone | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of elderly men and women are trapped in "loneliness hot spots" around the country as a leading charity warns social isolation for the most vulnerable in society has reached a state of emergency.
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This article refers to recent research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Romanians sleeping rough in London have tripled in months

The number of Romanian immigrants sleeping rough in some of the wealthiest areas of the capital has trebled since EU restrictions on movement were lifted in January.

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This article quotes comments from Dr Scott Blinder of the Oxford Migration Observatory which receives funding from the ESRC.

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In reality, new ‘flexible working’ rights could mean longer days and less family time

In reality, new ‘flexible working’ rights could mean longer days and less family time | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Flexible working time, once a perk for successful professionals, has gone mainstream. From June 30, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all workers in the UK.

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Heejung Chung receives funding from the ESRC (grant  ES/K009699/1). 


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Plant trees around cities, not in upland areas

Plant trees around cities, not in upland areas | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Traditional state support for forestry does not maximise wider returns to society nearly as well as planting trees around population centres, according to a new report from a panel of environmental experts.

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Article cites research from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow On report (UKNEAFO), which is part funded by the ESRC

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Better schools 'drive London success'

Better schools 'drive London success' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The dramatic improvement of exam results in London has been driven by improvements in schools and not changes in the pupil intake, say researchers,.

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Article refers to findings from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, which received funding from the ESRC

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Britain has been voted the loneliness capital of Europe - so how did we become so isolated?

Britain has been voted the loneliness capital of Europe - so how did we become so isolated? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Not only can loneliness lead to mental-health issues but studies proved that it can also be more dangerous than obesity and smoking

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


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They can’t hide the scandal of poverty

It’s 20 years since Tony Blair spoke of the need to tackle ‘social exclusion’ but the latest research shows it is as bad as ever.

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The article discusses research findings from the ESRC funded Poverty and Social Exclusion project.

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