Earlier this year Leah Totton’s career received a boost when she controversially won the BBC1 show, ‘The Apprentice,’ with a proposal for a cosmetic surgery company. Does physical appearance matter when it comes to finding a job? A new study suggests the shape of our faces can indeed have a profound effect on the shape of our working lives.
Where evidence meets policy
Are neighbourhoods with ethnically diverse populations more likely to suffer from low levels of social cohesion? A new study suggests not.
In the last three general elections only about four out of ten 18-24 year-olds voted. So should Britain follow the lead of other countries such as Australia, Belgium and Luxembourg and introduce compulsory voting? Research from Matt Henn and Nick Foard of Nottingham Trent University suggests many would still not vote even if the law said they must do so. Might Russell Brand have been right when he talked of a deep sense of dissatisfaction with mainstream parties and politicians?
The crisis at the Co-operative Bank has led to claims that its management lacked business acumen. So should politicians who have praised the notion of ethical, co-operatively owned businesses still support the model? Research evidence suggests they should.
The UK’s Human Rights Act has faced criticism from those who believe it risks protecting those who seek to break the law. Professor Todd Landman, author of a new book on human rights and democracy, finds reasons to be cautiously optimistic – both at home and abroad.
The world’s population has been growing at an unprecedented rate. Over the last 50 years, our numbers on this planet have tripled, and we are expected to become, according to UN estimates, a nine billion human family by 2050. As the Essex Sustainability Institute hosts a conference this week to explore the challenges, its director Professor Steffen Boehm asks how well prepared we are for such a boom.
We perceive our lives to be changing more rapidly than previous generations. As the ESRC launches its Britain in 2014 publication Raj Patel, Impact Fellow with the UK’s household longitudinal study Understanding Society, asks whether that really is the case.
In the wake of scandals such as the Mid-Staffordshire hospital case, two reviews on whistleblowing have been launched. Ashley Savage and Richard Hyde, who have looked how such disclosures are handled by public bodies found they were under-used and sometimes mishandled. They argue some simple changes could help protect both whistleblowers and the public.
Government departments have been asking whether social networks can be used to help people out of poverty and into well-paid work. But are some of those networks actually holding people back? New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests they may be.
Revelations that the US security agency tapped the mobile phone calls of the German Chancellor led to an outraged response: “Spying between friends: that’s just not done,” Angela Merkel retorted. Research being showcased this week suggests the German Chancellor’s words may highlight cultural differences in what is considered rude or offensive.