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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.
ESRC: Festival of Social Science: Conventional police interview techniques are not effective for people with autism
Police find interviewing and interacting with witnesses and suspects with autism a real challenge, a study has revealed - highlighting that the ways officers have been taught to interview are at odds with what is needed in these situations.
ESRC: Festival of Social Science: Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness
Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness.
Members of the public can learn more about the rich collection of material held by the Mass Observation Archive and their more current research work at four events held in Brighton from 3-7 November.
ESRC Festival of Social Science: Sustainable technologies do not automatically lead to more sustainable lives
A study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings.