Centre for Applied Social Research
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The Centre for Applied Social Research is a wide ranging interdisciplinary grouping which aims to understand the social policy issues surrounding social care, health, criminal justice practices, the processes of caring and the nature and impact of social interventions.

We do this through undertaking innovative theoretical and empirical research, informing social interventions and care practices. A blog for the research centre has recently been launched. 

The centre has strong links with other research centres within the school, including the International Centre for Public and Social Policy, with the school's Centre for Social Work, and The Ann Craft Trust.

Centre for Applied Social Research

Centre for Applied
Social Research


The centre's research environment is also enhanced by University research centres and networks such as the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Children and Childhood Network.  

Research interests 

The centre's recent and current research projects include the following topics:

  • Delivery of adult care by professional and non-professional staff working in health, local authorities and the Third Sector
  • Social work, child protection and family support
  • The needs and experiences of children and young people in care
  • The experiences of young people and adults in the Criminal Justice System
  • Services for children and adults with disabilities
  • The construction of knowledge around health and illness
  • Interactions between healthcare professionals and their patients
  • The changing context of medical contributions to mental health services
  • The construction of mental health difficulties by professionals and healthcare providers
  • User experiences and help-seeking behaviour in mental health services
  • Management of emotional distress in primary care
  • Responding to the needs of people with dementia and their carers 
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults

External links

Externally there are strong links with:

There is a particularly strong partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, the local provider of mental health services with whom we have a number of jointly funded ESRC PhD studentships.

Research themes

All research in the School of Sociology and Social Policy falls under eight thematic areas. Research in three of those areas is delivered through the Centre for Applied Social Research:

  1. Children and Families
  2. Social Work and Social Care for Adults
  3. Health and Well-being

Governance and Public Policy

The centre is part of University's Governance and Public Policy Research Priority Area.



Centre for Applied Social Research

School of Sociology and Social Policy
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 951 5234