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A social statistician who has worked with local authorities on environmental noise issues has been reappointed head...
A social statistician who has worked with local authorities on environmental noise issues has been reappointed head of the UK's leading publicly funded economic and social research organisation.

Ian Diamond will continue as chief executive and deputy chair of the Economic and Social Research Council for the next four years.

Professor Diamond said:

'I am delighted to be able to continue to lead ESRC as we provide opportunities for the UK's social science community to undertake great research and to have an impact on the economic development and quality of life of the UK and beyond.'


1. ESRC provides the highest-quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government. It produces world-class social scientists through its commitment to excellence in training. ESRC promotes public awareness of economic and social science. ESRC works alongside other research councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The research councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

2. Professor Diamond took up the post of chief executive and deputy chair of the ESRC in January 2003. He was previously at the University of Southampton, where since 1980 he had been successively lecturer, senior lecturer, professor and

Deputy Vice Chancellor. Professor Diamond's work

has crossed many disciplinary boundaries, most notably working in the area of population but also in health, both in the developed and less developed world, in environmental noise and with local authorities.

3. His research has involved collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and other government departments including the Department for International Development, the Department of Transport and the Department for Work and Pensions.

4. Professor Diamond is the current chair of the RCUK executive group, which comprises the chief executives of the eight research councils. The group leads the Research Councils UK (RCUK) strategic partnership through which the councils work together to champion the research, training and innovation they support.

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