Research centres

The School is organised around seven main specialist Research Centres:

  • Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences

    We conduct research that focuses on physical activity, nutrition and their associations with health across the life span. We have an international reputation for our teaching in physical activity, nutrition and community health.

  • Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare

    The Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare is a focus for research and teaching in child welfare and family policy. Our members have backgrounds in social policy, social work, sociology and psychology.

  • Centre for Gender and Violence Research

    The aim of the Centre is to conduct high quality research to inform policy, practice and action on gender-based violence. Our history of researching violence against women and gender based violence, feeds into policy and practice nationally, internationally and locally.

  • Norah Fry Research Centre

    We are a leading national centre of excellence for applied social research and teaching, making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

  • Centre for Research in Health and Social Care

    The Centre is a focus of both applied and theoretical research relating to key health issues at national and international level. We currently have around thirty members including staff and postgraduate students working in a range of research areas.

  • Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice

    The Centre provides a more integrative perspective on existing scholarship in criminal justice, socio-legal studies, poverty and social exclusion. Our members come from a wide range of disciplines with expertise in a number of policy areas including data analysis and social statistics.

  • Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research

    Research at the Centre is concerned with governance, housing, citizenship, globalisation and the transformation of social and economic life in cities. We combine interests in social and urban theory with practical involvement in current issues of policy in the UK and across the world.

Other research groups

Research themes

As well as the wide-ranging research occurring in these seven established Research Centres, we have two additional research programmes. The programmes act as a focus for collaboration between the Research Centres drawing on the expertise in each of these.