School of Sociology and Social Policy


Our research is unified by a common concern with social justice.

This means addressing the realities of marginalised groups, giving witness to experiences of everyday life, identifying issues of recognition and representation, and informing policy, practice and the wider public.

The school constantly evaluates its research themes, with a view to identifying novel areas, collaborations and partnerships, to develop research that addresses the needs of an ever-changing and challenging world.

Our research work is conducted through research centres, which group together academic staff and postgraduate researchers with related interests and provide a forum for collaboration and exchange of ideas. Our Research Ethics Committee ensures all research we conduct meets the highest standards of integrity.

One of our strategic aims is to promote knowledge exchange through close partnerships with stakeholders, including working together with service users, government departments, national charities, third sector organisations and others. Such collaboration produces research of the highest standard so that impact is meaningful and enduring.

Our research centres also contribute to a number major networks and organisations hosted within and by the University. These include the Ann Craft Trust, Children and Childhood Network and Institute of Mental Health.

Dr Nicola Carr
Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

Research areas

  1. Children and Families
  2. Social Work and Social Care for Adults
  3. Health and Wellbeing
  4. Policy Analysis
  5. Identities
  6. Mobilities and Migration
  7. Work and Inequalities
  8. Science, Knowledge and Society
  9. Criminal Justice
  10. Crime, Harm and Punishment

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework 78% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our postgraduate research programme
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Research impact

Our research underpins social and economic improvement. Visionary work to implement research findings is making important differences to people's lives locally, nationally and globally.

Philippa Tomczak

Researcher profile

Philippa Tomczak is a Principal Research Fellow. She researches imprisonment, with a particularly interest in prison suicide and means of regulating imprisonment rates and conditions.


Research events

There are currently no upcoming seminars.


Blog and Conference

ENQUIRE is the postgraduate blog and conference of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Run by postgraduates, it provides an encouraging and exciting space for postgraduate academic research from the UK and worldwide.

ENQUIRE seeks to reflect the research interests of the academics and postgraduate researchers within the school.



School of Sociology and Social Policy

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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