Research

Social and Policy Studies is an interdisciplinary social science team with a focus on research in Social Policy, Criminology and Sociology.

Our world-class research focuses on 5 key clusters: children, young people and families; applied criminal justice; intersectionalities and citizenship; digital and health technologies; and consumption, culture and inequalities.

These are underpinned by methodological expertise and innovation, including in participatory and mixed research methods that generates evidence-based research both on and with marginalised groups. We also host the Centre for Research in Social Policy, world-renowned for its work on the Minimum Income Standard, which has influenced public policy both in the UK and internationally.

100% of research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

(REF 2014)

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