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02 March 2016

Is it time to apply research results to migration?

Legalising people’s migration status makes them more rather than less likely to return to their country of origin, researchers say, highlighting just one of the ways that science can contribute to the migration debate and guide policymakers in their long-term thinking.
02 March 2016

Is it time to apply research results to migration?

Legalising people’s migration status makes them more rather than less likely to return to their country of origin, researchers say, highlighting just one of the ways that science can contribute to the migration debate and guide policymakers in their long-term thinking.
25 February 2016

Voting by mail makes people think more about their own interests

Postal voting systems - where people vote from home prior to the election and return their ballot paper by mail - can discourage people from voting in the next election, according to recent European research which suggests that many strongly held ideas about voter behaviour during elections are plain wrong.
23 February 2016

Green apes and wellbeing gifs – the ethical side of social media

For some, social media may seem like it is just filled with selfies, gossip and videos of cats, but others are using it to tackle issues critical to our society such as the environment and mental health.
22 February 2016

Trade openness can reduce volatility in developing countries, researchers believe

Trade openness can protect developing countries against economic shocks, researchers believe.
05 February 2016

Asian trade may have launched Europe’s industrial age

Bygone Asian cotton and porcelain trade routes could have spurred the consumption of luxury goods in Europe, researchers believe, while scientific cooperation with modern Asia is still leading to new technological advances.
01 February 2016

Globalisation means worldwide trade pacts needed

Much of the focus in trade talks around the world at present is on regional deals, rather than global agreements. But researchers say the goal of multilateral pacts will remain in the medium and longer term, given the pressures of globalisation.
22 January 2016

What’s the future of the welfare state?

How should the welfare state evolve in the 21st century? Researchers are looking at everything from healthcare to immigration to design new systems fit for a post-crisis Europe that is facing challenges such as austerity economics, an ageing society and increased migration.
14 January 2016

What does every crisis have in common?

The recession, an ash cloud, floods, a food scandal or terrorist attacks; each event is different, but is it possible that they behave in a similar way? Social scientists are identifying characteristics of crises to help us prevent them from happening and respond when they occur.
07 January 2016

Sophisticated scans unlock Bronze Age mystery

There’s a 5 000-year-old mystery to the Bronze Age – where did people then get the tin needed to forge and smelt the dark yellow metal that gives the period its name?