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The ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is a multidisciplinary centre, promoting collaboration between economists, sociologists and other social scientists. Our programme for the 2014-2019 period, “Understanding individual and family behaviours in a new era of uncertainty and change”, covers three areas: how individuals and families are affected by and react to changes in their life circumstances; how new members of society – children, young people and new migrants – develop and are integrated into it; and how values, attitudes, expectations, tastes and identity are formed.


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  1. Basic Income: Turning the Concept into Practice

    As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, we take a look at ways to turn the basic income concept into a practical scheme.

  2. Home, health and wellbeing: new research on the impact of insecurity in rented accommodation

    This event will present new research on the links between housing, health and wellbeing. A huge increase in the number of people are now living in rented accommodation, so could the associated insecurities and stresses have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing? Researchers will present three new studies looking into the impact of housing situations on the lives of Generation Rent. A panel of leading experts and thinkers will discuss the findings and the implications for policy and practice.

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