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Welcome to the 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 issues faced by contemporary societies.

With a focus on global social justice, members of the centre undertake research on a number of social and public policy developments at local, regional, national and transnational level. The activities of the icPSP include high-impact publications and events; academic teaching and professional training; and engagement with policy-makers, practitioners and local communities.

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Teaching and Learning

Our aims

  • To conduct rigorous and innovative policy research of local, national and international relevance, with a positive social, policy and economic impact
  • To engage with a diverse audience of policy users, practitioners, voluntary sector organisations and policy makers, helping shape public debates and policy reforms
  • To be a recognised forum of international excellence, discussing current issues and identifying future trends for the benefit of practitioners, policy-makers, journalists, and the wider public
  • To link with partners within the UK and around the world, promoting knowledge exchange and an interdisciplinary, multi-agency approach to global challenges
  • To support the development of researchers and research students to become the next generation of leading public and social policy experts
  • To 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

Upcoming events

There are currently no upcoming events.

Latest news

What do Sutton Coldfield residents need in the wake of Covid-19 and the cost of living crisis?

Dr Lee Gregory will be hosting a Festival of Social Sciences event highlighting the social needs of residents in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.
27 October 2022

Social Policy Association annual conference comes to Nottingham in 2023

The conference will be held 5-7 July 2023, on the theme of Rising Inequalities and Poverty: What Role for Social Policy?
27 October 2022

Young Lives in the Spotlight: Poverty, Place & Belonging in Balsall Heath

This event will provide young people from the area with the opportunity to work and train with drama specialists to co-produce, explore and express the themes of poverty, place and belonging through arts.
27 October 2022


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