The School of Sociology and Social Policy delivers high-quality research across eight thematic areas. We are constantly evaluating our 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 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.
This work is conducted through four research centres, which group together academic staff 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:
Professor Ian Shaw, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer