Our research

Children skipping in the playground‘Children’ and ‘families’ are the central focus of much of the research at the Institute of Applied Social Studies.  Across a range of policy and practice areas, we seek to conduct and to disseminate research to inform effective interventions and policies for vulnerable children and young people, and their families.


Research highlights

Understanding and supporting families with complex needs

This international research exchange programme seeks to address a recognised deficit in family focused research by developing links between divergent disciplines and knowledge streams, both nationally and internationally.  The project seeks to enhance understandings of family-focused approaches in (and therefore across) domains of social care, education, and health through a series of case studies.  Participant universities include: University of Birmingham (as lead partner); Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy); Bodo University College (Norway); Umeå University (Sweden); Unversidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); Unversidad Católica de Chile (Chile); Universidad Autonoma de Nueovo Leon (Mexico); and the University of Nottingham (UK).

Find out more about 'Understanding and supporting families with complex needs'

Researcher: Nathan Hughes

Other research projects

More research projects throughout the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy