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.

Read more about research in Social and Policy Studies here, or visit the School website to learn more about wider research activity across the eight School of Social Sciences and Humanities research themes:

100% of research impact rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

'Child First' Justice: the research evidence-base

We are at the forefront of a progressive approach to how children should be understood, treated, and supported when they come to the attention of the Youth Justice System.

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