Our staff are engaged in research projects supported by a wide range of funders. A small selection of the current projects, and the members of staff invovled, are detailed below.
Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities
This major Leverhulme project is looking at the challenges involved in making science more public; how are attempts to do so changing the relationship between science, politics and publics, and what are the normative implications for problems relating to political legitimacy, scientific authority and democratic participation. Find out more about this project.
From Greenhouse Effect to Climategate: A systematic study of climate change as a complex social issue
Best Practice in Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities
Under present governance arrangements, issues relating to the abuse of vulnerable adults are dealt with under the framework of No Secrets (2000), whilst matters relating to poor practice in the provision of care are the responsibility of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). However, the distinction between abuse and poor practice remains unclear. This lack of clarity creates problems by both allowing poor practice to flourish within some services for adults with learning disabilities and generating significant numbers of inappropriate adult safeguarding referrals from more conscientious services which, in turn, wastes scarce resources and exacerbates workload pressures in statutory adult social care teams. This project will work with adults with learning disabilities and family carers to identify frequently-occurring types of poor practice in residential care homes and supported living services. It will then explore whether frontline support staff share the same definitions of what constitutes poor practice, examine staff explanations/understandings of the causes of poor practices and identify any barriers which may prevent staff from challenging and preventing such practices. Finally, findings will be used to develop practice-oriented outputs which will aim to bridge the gap between CQC inspection and adult safeguarding processes, thereby reducing the likelihood of inappropriate safeguarding alerts.
View further details about the project on the NIHR School for Social Care Research website or view the project brochure (pdf).
Rural Hybrid Energy Systems
We are part of a research team funded by the EPSRC undertaking research into small scale energy generation systems in rural areas that can be adapted for local needs in the UK and India to enable communities to tackle energy poverty, increase revenue generation, create new opportunities etc. This is part of an exciting UK-Indian collaboration entitled 'Bridging the Urban and Rural Divide' (BURD). Find out more about this project.
BBSRC Centre For Sustainable Bioenergy (BSBEC): Programme 4: Lignocellulosic Conversion To Bioethanol (LACE)
We are part of a research team funded by the BBSRC undertaking research into sustainable bioenergy and biofuel. Find out more about this project.
Assessing the Economic Impact of Recession
Dr Tracey Warren is leading a British Academy funded project on the economic impact of recession on women and men from diverse social classes in the UK. The project explores gender and class inequalities in Economic Wellbeing in Britain.
Health Economics Projects
Our health economists are currently involved in a Distal Radius Internal Fixation Trial and Management Asthma in School Age Children On Therapy studies.