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News and Views

Posted: 29th January
Schoolchildren in Zimbabwe

Laura Savage, Deputy Team Lead DFID Education Research Team, highlights the context for a new booklet providing an over

Posted: 23rd January
Malaria medication
A critical challenge for developing country health systems is to craft policy that gives individuals with curable diseases like malaria and pneumonia access to potentially life-saving medical care, while avoiding that patients consume unnecessary medical treatment or get treated for the wrong illness.
Posted: 16th January
Media interview being filmed


ESRC is offering a one-day media training course for ESRC-funded researchers to develop skills and increase confidence to engage with the media. 

Posted: 14th January
Photograph shows a group of women who are Internally Displaced People (IDPs) exchanging vouchers for charcoal with traders. This is an Oxfam initiative. The traders can redeem vouchers for cash.
ESRC-DFID grant-holder, Ben Campbell, highlights how energy resilience narratives are providing culturally nuanced information on poor peoples' energy needs, vulnerabilities and precarities.
Posted: 8th January
Conference Director, Dr Vicky Johnson outlines her key learnings from the Power of Partnership: Research to Alleviate Poverty event hosted by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership which took place in Delhi in December 2018.
Posted: 7th January
photograph of Arjan De Haan being interviewed for The Impact Initiative at the Power of Partnership conference in Delhi in December 2018

As a funder of research, assessing the quality of that research is of course on the top of our minds. We have well-established criteria and matrices: not that they provide infallible truths, but peer reviews if managed well give us very reliable assessments.

Posted: 20th December
Kelly Shephard (IDS) explores the role of storytelling in research and shares videos and impact stories from the 'Power of Partnership' event which took place in Delhi, India from 3 - 5 December 2018.
Posted: 17th December
Graphic illustration: Inclusive education at the Global Disability Summit
Whether you are running an event or want to disseminate research outcomes, finding accessible ways to engage your audience and spread the word is a concern of researchers and organisations alike. Creating a visual summary of your key messages provides people with a quick, accessible and engaging way to see what you are saying, but are visuals always the right choice?
Posted: 12th December

The Celebrating Impact Prize is the UK's Economic and Social Research Council's annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who’ve created, or enabled, outstanding impact from social scie

Posted: 12th December
What happens when you take the worldwide television phenomenon of Dragons’ Den - known in many countries as Shark Tank – and swap business entrepreneurs for social scientists, and business tycoons for donors and policy actors?