The School has a lively community of postgraduate research students, whether studying independently or within research centres or programmes. Some are full-time students; others combine their studies with their work.
The School has particular strengths and capacity in research supervision in the following areas:
Ageing and social policy; Drug and alcohol policy and services; Child protection and welfare; Criminology and penology, Domestic violence; Family and gender; History of social policy; Immigration and Social Policy, Intellectual disability; Mental health; Social work; Sociology of reproduction.
In addition to the research activities of individual academic staff, the research effort of the School is also focused through the following significant research ventures.
The Children's Research Centre conducts policy relevant research on children's lives and issues and is co-sponsored with the School of Psychology. With other TCD colleagues, Centre personnel will play a significant role in the major National Longitudinal Study on Children's Development, the contract for which was awarded to the Economic and Social Research Institute and Trinity College Dublin.
The Policy Institute is a multi-disciplinary public policy research institute. Based in Trinity College, the Institute has close links with the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, the School of Social Work and Social Policy, and the School of Business.
The School is also one of the three Schools in the University that founded the Trinity Immigration Initiative which brings together key strands of TCD's strategies in research, teaching and contribution to society, positioning the University to play an influential role in developing a more inclusive, multicultural society for Ireland's future.