The School for Policy Studies is a world-renowned centre for the theory, practice and implementation of social and public policy research. Our focus is on the determinants of social problems and the responses to them by governments, policy makers and practitioners.
We combine innovative conceptual thinking with diverse methodologies to address social problems from the local to the global in relation to poverty, health, care, harm, governance, inequalities, and wellbeing. We embrace a distinctive multidisciplinary approach drawing on expertise in social and public policy, social work, childhood studies, disability studies, criminology, social gerontology, and epidemiology & public health.
Our academics have research links to over 60 countries across all continents, and we work collaboratively with a range of partners, from academic institutions to governments, international organisations to local community groups.
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We address global social problems of care, poverty, health, harm, governance, and wellbeing.
97% of our research is rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
Research, analysis and commentary on coronavirus
A Case File Analysis of Responses to Child Neglect Between Schools and Child Protection Services - Sharley, V., 7 May 2021.
A secondary analysis of the childhood obesity prevention Cochrane Review through a wider determinants of health lens: implications for research funders, researchers, policymakers and practitioners - Nobles, J., Summerbell, C., Brown, T., Jago, R. & Moore, T. HM. T., 10 Feb 2021, In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 18, 10 p., 22 (2021).
Assessing the Extent to Which Art Therapy Can Be Used with Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: a thematic analysis of published studies - Laird, L. & Mulvihill, N., 15 Jun 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.