Research and enterprise
Our university is top in the UK for social science research. Our
researchers are recognised internationally for their work that has a direct
impact and influence on social and economic issues facing the world.
Using this expertise, we work with organisations (private, public sector and
charities) to help you grow and succeed. Find out more about how you or your
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Some examples of our research include:
The largest household survey in the UK,
Understanding Society, is run by the
Institute for Social and Economic Research.
school meals and educational outcomes
Having a healthy school meal significantly improves children's learning in
science and English, according to researchers in the
Department of Economics.
effects of crime as a result of the Olympic Games
A team of leading sociologists is to explore
the effects of crime in the area staging the 2012 Olympics after being given
unprecedented access in the area where the games are to be staged.
economics of social networks
A group of researchers in the Department of Economics specialise in network
theory and the economics of social networks. Professor Galeotti has recently won
€1 million to
study the economics of social networks
A team of researchers, leading in international relations, is
examining how third parties and transnational linkages influence
interactions between central governments and insurgents groups within a
bargaining framework, where violence may occur if parties fail to reach or
The University of Essex has a long and distinguished tradition as a centre
social and political theory.
work and societal divisions of labour
Work and employment have long been a central concern of the social
ground breaking research will investigate how the work of consumers is
shaped by its articulation with that of providers, and vice versa.