The School for Policy Studies is organised around seven main specialist research centres:
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.
The Children and Families Research Centre 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.
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.
We are a leading national centre of excellence for applied social research and teaching, making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.
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.
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.
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.