Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

Genetically Modified Food

The Social Issues Research Centre believes in a balanced debate on issues such as genetically modified foods. In place of the hysteria generated by organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth concerning genetic modification, we focus on scientific evidence and rational thinking. The public has a right to be fully informed about all issues which relate to food and health. Scare stories and images of Frankenstein, however, do nothing at all help us make sensible decisions. Nor should we rely simply on the word of companies such as Monsanto, Novartis, and Agrevo.

You will find a number of relevant articles about genetically modified foods on the SIRC site by following the links below.

Our regular Media Watch section also contains balanced reviews of new articles covering genetically modified foods (GMOs) and related issues.