The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.. At any one time we support over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
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When respected and admired professionals in the gaming industry promote tolerance and introduce their audience to different ideas about gender and sexuality, their young gaming fans will follow suit, becoming more tolerant of others.
3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a fast growing area gathering attention. The recent rise of low-cost consumer 3D printers have made headlines and raised interesting and complex questions.
ESRC Festival of Social Science: Channel 4’s Benefits Street is wide of the mark - people want to work
A study has found that people living in a working-class area of Manchester want to work and believe programmes like Channel 4’s Benefits Street do not accurately reflect their community and misrepresent their personal circumstances.
Growing numbers of betting shops in UK towns are fuelling residents’ fears of a rise in anti-social behaviour and crime, particularly violence and burglary.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people seeking asylum - including those living with HIV - face a lack of specialist support and services in the UK, according to new research.