IASS Research

 Research in the Institute of Applied Social Studiescovers a range of issues including, poverty and social exclusion; social care and mental health; families, children and communities; global communities; housing; and wealth and wellbeing.

Our research activities are divided into fiveResearch Groups:

IASS research groups

Older people talkingFamilies, policy and professional practice 

Dr Chris Allen, Festival of Social Science eventGlobal communities Students cheeringHealth and social wellbeing
MoneyWelfare futures Council housesHousing and communities

Participatory research themeParticipatory research

The over-arching Participatory Research Themeis cross-cutting across all five of our Research Groups.

View all IASS's research projects 

Key people

Martin Powell
Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Helen Harris
Research Administrator





Doctoral Researcher

More than three-quarters of Birmingham's social work and social policy research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent, placing the School of Social Policy 14th in Research Fortnight's power rankings.