A selection of reports and publications produced by SIRC
Report of an independent assessment. In the Children's Plan (2007) the DCSF committed itself to commission an independent assessment of the impact of the commercial world on children's wellbeing. That assessment, led by Professor David Buckingham, is now complete. As part of the process SIRC was commissioned to undertake two major reviews: Children and Family Life: Socio-Demographic Changes and The Ecology of Family Life.
Psychological impact & the lessons of recession. There can be very few people in Britain who are unaware that we have been living in times of recession…It is clear that people — even those unaffected directly — are worried, especially about their future financial security. But are there some positive lessons to be learnt?
A research study into opportunity-taking in 21st Century Britain inspired by Horace. ‘Ask not - we cannot know - what end the gods have set for you, for me; nor attempt the Babylonian reckonings Leuconoë. How much better to endure whatever comes, whether Jupiter grants us additional winters or whether this is our last, which now wears out the Tuscan Sea upon the barrier of the cliffs! Be wise, strain the wine; and since life is brief, prune back far-reaching hopes! Even while we speak, envious time has passed: pluck the day, putting as little trust as possible in tomorrow!.’
— Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) 68BC — Ode I-XI, Carpe Diem.
This report presents the first findings of research conducted by the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) into the nature of optimism in 21st century Britain. The research, commissioned by The National Lottery, has provided a distinctive and definitive account of the role that optimism plays in the lives of the British public, focusing on the importance of optimism both as part of individual identity and personal outlook and as a central factor in social relationships.
The BBC Trust commissioned this independent desk research from SIRC on life in the UK today as part of a programme of work supporting its submission to Ofcom's second review of Public Service Broadcasting. As a complement to the extensive work contributed by other players on the rapid advances in technology and consumer behaviour, the work is designed to review and present the available data on broader social trends which may impact on PSB in the future. This includes such issues as population, family life, identity, work and money, children and young people.
passion, emotion and the 'beautiful game' — a pan-European study of football fans.
part of a unique generation in which the notion of saving has been inculcated from birth by the State...What will this mean to them and how will it shape their lives?
The issue of what it means to be old in the twenty first century is of increasing importance to the economic, political, social and cultural future of Britain. As the post-war Baby Boomer boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 19641) begin to reach retirement age, much speculation surrounds the question of exactly how the world's 'first teenagers' are going to grow old.
There may now be rather fewer pubs in relation to the population and many certainly look rather different from the vaults and taprooms of old. But as this project focusing on the 'local' has shown, and in line with our work on all aspects of pub life on and off over the past thirty years, the pub retains its unique position in British society…
The notion of belonging, or social identity, is a central aspect of how we define who we are. We consider ourselves to be individuals but it is our membership of particular groups that is most important in constructing a sense of identity.
The new rules of female friendship and communication. For women friends play many roles, helping them to define themselves at particular stages in their lives. Women aged between 25-35 in particular value their friendships a great deal - investing time, commitment and emotion in them and expecting the same in return.
The Life online report, looking as it does toward a vision of the Web in the year 2020, aims to provide an outline and analysis not only of projected technological developments but also their social, political and economic implications. What will the Web look like in 2020? What will it do? Where will it be? How will we use it?
Public displays of emotion in Britain attract media commentary and brow beating over whether we should in fact keep it all bottled up. Yet at the other extreme we have the current weekly torrent of tears of joy and sadness on the X-Factor. What's going on?
— In the Western World we are currently experiencing, by objective standards, the safest environments that we have ever had in our evolution and in our history. And yet, in spite of all this 'safety' around us we seem compelled to worry
— The dinner party is dead. Long live the dinner party
— Throughout our evolution and cultural history summer has always been the season that has been most clearly defined in our memories and imagination.
— YEPPIES, Peter-Pan Syndrome, The New Collectivism and the Quarter-life crisis
— A SIRC analysis of the Health Survey for England data
— The decade of diversity
— a SIRC report for the Halifax
— An MCM report for the Wine Trade Action Group
— the evolution of Silver Van Man.
— A study of men and crying prepared by Kate Fox.
— Fiftysomething women — lifestyle and attitudes now and fifty years ago.
— The measurement and recording of alcohol-related violence and disorder.
— the role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century.
— published in partnership with the Royal Institution and the Royal Society.
— the original MCM Research report to the Portman Group.
— Biochemical, psychological, situational and cultural perspectives
— The psychology and anthropology of scent
— An eight-part report to the Amsterdam Group — presented to the European Commission 29/11/2000.
— Demon or Diamond Geezer?
— A consultation draft prepared by the Social Issues Research Centre in partnership with the Royal Institution — March 2000
A comprehensive SIRC report.
A contribution from Professor Robin Fox — a member of SIRC's advisory panel
— A summary of the publication The Social Behaviour of Horsewatchers
— The Tourist's Guide to Pub Etiquette
— A summary of research findings on body image
— What Social Science can tell you about flirting and how to do it
— A contribution from Professor Robin Fox, a member of SIRC's advisory panel
— A report from MCM Research.
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— Summary of a SIRC report by Kate Fox