International Centre for Public and Social Policy
  • Print

International Centre for Public and Social Policy

The International Centre for Public and Social Policy (IcPSP) brings together academics, researchers and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines, but who share an interest in the policy dimension of some of the major policy and social issues, challenges and opportunities faced by contemporary societies.

International Centre for Public and Social Policy

Our research themes

With a focus on global social justice, we investigate a number of social and public policy developments at local, regional, national and transnational level. Some of the main themes of the centre's work include:

  • Conceptual underpinning of social and distributive justice, policy making and governance
  • History of Welfare States
  • Evaluation of public policies and programmes (including equality legislation and impact assessments)
  • Analysis of international and comparative policy reforms (including education policies; health policies; work-family reconciliation; social welfare; and anti-exploitation policies)
  • Public sector governance and policy networks
  • The role of Third Sector organisations in delivering public services
  • Labour markets and inequalities
  • Migration and refugee policies (including intra-European migration; refugee policies; education policy for migrants; health and social care for older migrants)
  • EU policy, including EU coordination of social security and healthcare
  • The impact of Brexit on UK public and social policy 
  • Urban environments and sustainability (with case studies of Nottingham and Shanghai)

Our aims


  • conduct rigorous and innovative policy research of national and international relevance, with a positive social, policy and economic impact
  • engage with a diverse audience of users, practitioners, voluntary sector organisations and policy makers, helping shape public debates and policy reforms
  • be a recognised forum of excellence, discussing current issues and identifying future trends for the consumption of journalists, politicians, senior professionals and the wider public
  • link with partners within the UK and around the world, promoting knowledge exchange and an interdisciplinary, multi-agency approach to global challenges
  • support the development of researchers and research students to become the next generation of leading public and social policy experts
  • promote Public Policy and Social Policy as academic disciplines and taught subjects, leading on inclusive teaching practices and working in collaboration with professional and educational organisations


International Centre for Public and Social Policy

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

+44 (0)115 951 5234