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Economics - Social Sciences - 24.02.2023
Starting a business can liberate LGBT people to be themselves
Starting a business can liberate LGBT people to be themselves
Setting up a business or going self-employed can give LGBT people a sense of liberation and freedom to be their authentic selves, shows study. Setting up a business or going self-employed can give LGBT people a sense of liberation and freedom to be their authentic selves, shows a study of small businesses with LGBT owners.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.02.2023
Covid-19 pandemic created life-long risks for children in temporary accommodation in London
Covid-19 pandemic created life-long risks for children in temporary accommodation in London
Adverse effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic could have lasting implications for children under five who are living in temporary accommodation in London, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, examined the impact of not having a fixed address during the Covid-19 pandemic on the healthcare access and health outcomes of children under five living in the London Borough of Newham.

Economics - Social Sciences - 16.02.2023
Schools’ surge in marketing to attract pupils fuels inequalities globally
The new study published in the journal Review of Educational Research is authored by Prof Deborah Wilson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. A pioneering global study has revealed how schools worldwide are using a raft of marketing techniques to attract higher performing pupils and climb the league tables.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 09.02.2023
New AI tool identifies factors that predict the reproducibility of research
New AI tool identifies factors that predict the reproducibility of research
The replication success of scientific research is linked to research methods, citation impact and social media coverage - but not university prestige or citation numbers - according to a new study involving UCL researchers. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS ), the study explores the ability of a validated text-based machine learning model to predict the likelihood of successful replication for more than 14,100 psychology research articles published since 2000 across six top-tier journals.

Social Sciences - 08.02.2023
SCI weekly research round-up 8 February
SCI weekly research round-up 8 February
Don't miss out on any article, podcast or presentation by SCI members anymore with our regular research round ups covering any recently published SCI research! Dale Southerton and Alan Warde have just published an essay on sustainable consumption in a collection of papers in honour of Hal Wilhite. Hal was a social anthropologist working on issues of consumption and sustainability with a special interest in energy.

Social Sciences - 08.02.2023
Relationships matter more than emotion when it comes to 'likes' on Instagram
Relationships matter more than emotion when it comes to ’likes’ on Instagram
Friends can expect a -like- but acquaintances must play their part to earn a like on Instagram The emotional buzz of receiving a like to an Instagram post can leave people more disposed to return a like in the future, but it's the status of the relationship that is the overriding factor in determining the tap of approval, according to a study from the University of Bath.

Social Sciences - 07.02.2023
Public back bolder policies to reduce fuel and transport poverty
Study finds there is wide public support for more ambitious UK policies to tackle fuel and transport poverty. Even those who may not have issues with energy and transport bills now are concerned they may need help in the future. A 'universal basic energy' policy and cheaper bus and train fares could help those on the lowest of incomes.

Environment - Social Sciences - 26.01.2023
Small-scale octopus fisheries can provide sustainable source of vital nutrients for tropical coastal communities
Undernourished coastal communities in the tropics - where children's growth can be stunted by a lack of micronutrients - can get the vitamins and minerals they need from sustainable small-scale octopus fisheries, say researchers. Just a small serving of something very, very micronutrient rich, like octopus, can fill critical nutritional gaps.

Social Sciences - 25.01.2023
SCI weekly research round-up
SCI weekly research round-up
Don't miss out on any article, podcast or presentation by SCI members anymore with our regular research round ups covering any recently published SCI research! SCI Honorary Researcher Tally Katz-Gerro co-published the paper 'Between perceptions and practices: The religious and cultural aspects of food wastage in households' in Appetite .

Social Sciences - 24.01.2023
Feature: Preserving endangered languages as 3D shapes
Feature: Preserving endangered languages as 3D shapes
Half of the world's languages are endangered and more than a thousand are expected to be lost in coming decades. A team at UCL is using animation software to preserve these languages in an entirely new way. It's estimated that there are over 7,000 documented languages spoken across the world. Yet around half of these languages are endangered.

Health - Social Sciences - 09.01.2023
Call to address women's reproductive needs holistically
Call to address women’s reproductive needs holistically
Women's reproductive needs should be considered holistically by considering pregnancy prevention and pregnancy preparation at the same time, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in The Lancet Public Health , brought together a variety of different types of evidence - including previous studies, new data on women's preferences, and case studies of existing practice across the globe - to develop a model, which could be used to help design services in a way that better meets the needs of women and their partners.

Social Sciences - 09.01.2023
Opinion: Women work harder than men - our anthropological study reveals why
Professor Ruth Mace and PhD candidate Yuan Chen (both UCL Anthropology) share their anthropological study in The Conversation examining the gender division of work and how workloads are changing across different societies. For most people around the world, physical work takes up a great amount of time and energy every day.

Social Sciences - 06.01.2023
Carers of people living with dementia experience discrimination
Carers of people living with dementia are treated negatively by others and face discrimination, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in BJPsych Open found that on top of known challenges experienced by carers, those who look after someone living with dementia also become stigmatised.

Social Sciences - 05.01.2023
Travelling farther away from home linked to better health
People who travel more outside of their local area feel that they are healthier than those who stay closer to home, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. How often people travel and the range of places visited are important, with those who regularly travel more than 15 miles away from home more likely to report being in general good health.

Social Sciences - 21.12.2022
Social media may prevent users from reaping creative rewards of profound boredom
Social media may prevent users from reaping creative rewards of profound boredom
Pandemic study shows distraction of social media may suck up the time and energy that allow us to find new passions People who turn to social media to escape from superficial boredom are unwittingly preventing themselves from progressing to a state of profound boredom, which may open the door to more creative and meaningful activity, a new study of the Covid pandemic shows.

Social Sciences - Politics - 20.12.2022
New report reveals that favourable public opinion towards immigration could have significant impact on immigration policy in the UK
New report reveals that in the past 10 years, public opinion has warmed to immigration which could lead to changes in immigration policy in the UK. A new report published by Professor Robert Ford from the University of Manchester and Marley Morris written for the Institute of Public Policy Research reveals that public attitudes towards immigration have warmed in recent years.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.12.2022
Green social prescribing: time in nature can increase wellbeing
Nature is a powerful tool that can be harnessed by social prescribers to improve people's health and wellbeing, according to a series of new evidence reviews led by a UCL researcher.

Social Sciences - Health - 16.12.2022
New figures provide latest data on veterans suicide
Serving in the military for longer periods of time, and serving on operational tours were associated with reduced suicide risk; while younger veterans and those who left after a short career were more at risk A new study from The University of Manchester has found that veterans are at no greater risk of suicide than the general population.

Social Sciences - Health - 01.12.2022
Adolescent wellbeing improved by online contact with close friends
Frequent online communication with best friends and existing friendship groups is associated with better wellbeing in young people, new research by Cardiff University has found. Led by the Centre for the Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), the study found that boys and girls communicating with 'real life' friends online had higher levels of wellbeing.

Social Sciences - 23.11.2022
Young people’s wellbeing falls sharply after starting secondary school
Most young people in the UK experience a sharp decline in their wellbeing during their first years at secondary school regardless of their circumstances or background, according to new research published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology . Academics from the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge analysed the wellbeing and self-esteem of more than 11,000 young people from across the UK, using data collected when they were 11 and again when they were 14.