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Music and songwriting shine a light on life after punishment, on coming home - The Scotsman

Music and songwriting shine a light on life after punishment, on coming home - The Scotsman | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Coming home can be a cause of delight and distress, of comfort and conflict. These dynamics are perhaps especially acute when the homecoming follows imprisonment. The penal system changes what home means and what it is – by taking people away or by returning them, and by making home a site of punishment, as in the case of some community sentences.
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ESRC has contributed funding to this project that looks at punishment and reintegration. 

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Researchers find link between social media and crime patterns

Research shows that tweets about certain crime types  help estimate patterns of crime, often over and above conventional correlates such as unemployment and proportion of young people in an area.

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The ESRC has funded this research, which was led by Dr Matthew Williams from the Social Data Science Lab at Cardiff University.

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Loughborough University academics' tips for thwarting burglars

Loughborough University academics' tips for thwarting burglars | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Academics say they have identified the four home security measures which best thwart burglars if used together.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded project based at Loughborough University. This was awarded as part of ESRC's Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

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New research shows Berlin Wall made a difference in parenting

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the birth rate in East Germany effectively halved. Those who were born at this time grew up markedly different from other generations, being 40 per cent more likely to commit crimes as adults.

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The article cites research presented at The Children of the Wall event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.

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Conviction rate drops two-thirds after peak offending age increase

Conviction rate drops two-thirds after peak offending age increase | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The peak offending age for men was 18 in the late 1980s, but has now increased to 23.
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Article discusses research from the ESRC-funded Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), to be discussed at an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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An insight into the minds of our future research leaders

An insight into the minds of our future research leaders | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Dr Claudia Hillebrand is a lecturer in intelligence and counter-terrorism in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Her research focuses on intelligence and police cooperation across borders. She is now part of a nationwide group of researchers from different subject areas to be awarded a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council, to explore how different transparency arrangements affect issues of privacy, security, surveillance and trust

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Dr Hillebrand is part of the ESRC-funded DATA - PSST! seminar series group.

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Police turn to universities for help with their enquiries

Police turn to universities for help with their enquiries | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

College of Policing pushes research agenda with grants for joint projects

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The ESRC is a major funding partner in the What Works Network, which aims to provide robust research evidence to guide decision-making on £200bn of public spending.  More information is available at our website including a video from the launch of the centres in March 2013. 

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Assess witness confidence to keep innocent out of court, scientists urge

Assess witness confidence to keep innocent out of court, scientists urge | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Eyewitnesses’ confidence in their identification of suspects should be assessed, research suggests.Thousands of suspects are identified by eyewitnesses a year but misidentification has played a role in more than 70 per cent of cases in the US, with suspects subsequently exonerated on the basis of DNA

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A project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council at Royal Holloway, University of London, found that the accuracy and the reliability with which suspects are identified in the UK could be significantly improved by assessing the confidence of eyewitnesses. The research was led by Laura Mickes.

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Online romance fraudsters - Crimewatch

Features include a special investigation into online romance fraudsters.
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Programme interviews Professor Monica Whitty from the University of Leicester regarding her research on the ESRC-funded project Online Dating Romance Scams

Clip starts at 14:35 and concludes at 31:50

Programme originally aired 21/01/2015

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Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Domestic violence perpetrator programmes stops abuse says new research.

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Liz Kelly from London Metropolitan University spoke on BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour discussing ESRC-funded research on rehabilitation for domestic violence perpetrators.


Section features begins at 10'22 to 20'02.

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Peak offending age for men up to 23

Peak offending age for men up to 23 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The peak age of offending for men in Scotland has risen from 18 to 23 in the space of a generation, according to the latest conviction figures.

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Article discusses research from the ESRC-funded Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), to be discussed at an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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