Our research

  • examines policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life ranging from housing and neighbourhoods to health care, family policy to social justice, health inequalities to domestic violence, child welfare to social care for older people, poverty to social work, governance to criminology.
  • influences and challenges policies implemented by governments and institutions by looking at issues such as how we organise services for children and families, provide housing and health care for older people, develop our cities and neighbourhoods, and how effectively we provide social care and services for the vulnerable.
  • investigates the issues, factors and attitudes underlying the social concerns that make our headlines every day: the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, migration, domestic violence, forced marriage, out-of-hours GP services, mental health services, how we apply criminal justice, the rise in obesity and less active lifestyles.

Browse our research project pages for more detail about our work.


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Our staff

Our team of policy experts include economists, sociologists, historians, social policy analysts and human geographers all with specialist expertise across a wide range of policy areas. Find out more about individual staff research interests on their staff profile pages or download a summary of research interests for all staff.

How good is our research?

The results of the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) confirms the excellence of research in social policy and social work in the School for Policy Studies. 80% of of our research was rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” and the School was rated 10th overall in the country.

The results of the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) rate the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences (ENHS) as the leading centre of international research excellence within the field of physical activity, nutrition and health research. ENHS was rated 1st in the UK. In addition 100% of its evidence research impact was judged to be of the highest level.