The School has a reputation for research which has maximum impact. This includes comparative studies with international partners, ensuring that research we do has relevance locally, nationally and internationally.
All are pursued through a range of theoretical and empirical approaches that take account of the person in society, social division and intersectoral stratification. Various methodological approaches are reflected in our research including qualitative, quantitative, cross-cultural, longitudinal, biographical and comparative history.
We approach the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies and criminology from a broad perspective and encourage multidisciplinary approaches to study and analysis of social phenomena. We see ourselves as social scientists committed to ways of working that interact with and build knowledge and capacities in the communities around us and have a positive impact on human well-being. Our research is organised into seven themes:
Children, Young People and Families
Conflict and Social Change
Disability Ageing and Health
Drugs and Alcohol
Trauma, Violence and Abuse