International Centre for Public and Social Policy
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International Research

Our international focus is reflected in many of the research studies and evaluation projects that we conduct. Our research applies the Centre's distinctive strengths in theory, research design and methodology to the analysis of policy formulation, implementation, outcomes and impacts.

Our research is funded by a variety of sponsors, including the European Union, government departments, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and charities.

International and cross-national comparisons

  • A study of policy developments in South Korea and Turkey
  • The impact of global forces on labour markets in China
  • An analysis of income inequality, gender and intra-household resource allocation in China
  • Policies for parental leave, childcare and work-family reconciliation in European countries
  • Young carers in a global context (USA, Australia, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK)
  • Literature review of the impact of family breakdown on children in the European Union
  • Literature review of financial incentives in social security schemes in the USA and UK
  • Social rights for mobile workers and citizens in the European Union

Research and policy evaluations

  • The equality aspects of the Coalition's reforms of welfare benefits
  • Operation of the Equalities Act
  • Survey of disability in Guernsey
  • 'Accessing Customer Services in Jobcentre Plus', a qualitative study for the Department of Work and Pensions
  • A review of the interaction between the Income Support benefit system and employment
  • An examination of public expenditure cuts and their impact on Nottingham
  • A review of the Incapacity Benefits System for the States of Jersey
  • Policy evaluations of adult carers assessments for two local authorities in the UK
  • Evaluation of the UK's New Deal for disabled people
  • Analysis of the UK's Social Fund, with recommendations for its reform
  • Analysis of policy networks in policing in the UK


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

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