International research profiles

The school has strong international research profile and range of overseas collaborators. Our research and partners span both the developed and developing world, and in particular, our recent research projects focused on regions such as:


  • ‘The middle classes in the city: Social mix or just ‘people like us’? A comparison of Paris and London’ (funded jointly by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France)
  • ‘Rates of attrition in the criminal justice system for women victims of domestic violence in the UK, Italy, Romania and Spain’ (funded by EU Daphne II)
  • ‘Safeguarding teenage intimate relationships in England, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy and Norway’ (funded by EU Daphne)
  • ‘Governance and child poverty’ (funded by the Swedish Academy)

East Asia

  • ‘Housing assets and intergenerational dynamics in East Asian societies: Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai’ (funded by the ESRC)
  • ‘The EU-China Green Economy programme’ (run by the ESRC and international partners in France, Germany, the Netherlands and China)
  • ‘New evidence on poverty in Hong Kong’ (funded by the ESRC bilateral)

North America

  • ‘Developing methods and frameworks for understanding gender, disability and transition to adult life’ (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
  • ‘Evidence-based practice and systematic reviews’ (collaboration with College of Social Work, University of Utah)

International comparative

  • ‘Measurement of child and youth poverty in developing countries’ (funded by UNICEF)
  • ‘Healthy ageing in residential places (HARP)’ (funded by the European Research on Ageing network)

We are strongly connected to the global academic community through regularly hosting both junior and established scholars with complementary expertise of our staff. Across the globe, we recently welcomed scholars from countries such as Australia, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain and South Korea.

In addition, our international reach is demonstrated by the breadth of our postgraduate student community. This year, for example, we welcomed over 150 new postgraduate students (taught and research) from 15 different countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, South Korea, Thailand and Venezuela.

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