School of Sociology and Social Policy

Research and Consultancy

From the Director of Research, Professor Tracey Warren

traceywarrenThe School is a stimulating, ambitious and energetic place to work, study and to conduct research. In the 2008 RAE, 90% of our research output was rated as being of international quality, and we are building on this success to achieve our strategy of producing research that makes a real difference in the world.

Our research is unified by a common concern with social justice. This means addressing the realities of marginalised groups, giving witness to experiences of everyday life, identifying issues of recognition and representation, and informing policy, practice and the wider public. This work is conducted through four research centres, which group together academic staff with related interests and provide a forum for collaboration and exchange of ideas.

One of our strategic aims is to promote knowledge exchange through close partnerships with stakeholders – this includes working together with service users, national and international organisations, government departments, national Charities and Third Sector Organisations, advocacy groups and others. Such collaboration produces research of the highest standard of rigour and ethics so that impact is meaningful and enduring.

Our research centres also contribute to a number major networks and organisations hosted within and by the University. These include the Ann Craft Trust, the Children and Childhood Network, the Institute of Mental Health, the Science, Technology and Society Priority Group, Integrating Global Society Priority Group .

Our research themes

We deliver high-quality research across eight thematic areas:

  1. Children and Families
  2. Social work and social care for adults
  3. Health and well-being
  4. Policy analysis
  5. Identities
  6. Mobilities and migration
  7. Work and inequalities
  8. Science, knowledge and society
We are constantly evaluating our research themes with a view to identifying novel areas, collaborations and partnerships and so to develop research that addresses the needs of an ever-changing and challenging world.

Research ethics

The School's Research Ethics Committee ensures all research we conduct meets the highest standards of integrity.


Our research centres



Current research projects

Climate Change as a Complex Social Issue
A systematic study of climate change as a complex social issue
Making Science Public
The challenges and opportunities involved in making science more public
Sustaining Urban Habitats
To transform our understanding of how sustainable cities, and by extension our species, can be


School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences Building
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 8939
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