IASS Research

 Research in the Institute of Applied Social Studies covers 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 four Research Groups:

IASS research groups

Older people talking  Families, policy and professional practice 

Dr Chris Allen, Festival of Social Science event  Global communities  Students cheering  Health and social wellbeing 
Money  Welfare futures (which includes Housing and Communities research) Participatory research theme  Participatory research theme 

The over-arching Participatory Research Theme is cross-cutting across all four 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


RAE 2008

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, for 2008, some 95% of our research was internationally recognised.  This included 15% regarded as world-leading, and a further 45% as internationally excellent.  This is a significant advance on its research quality since 2001, since when new appointments have been made and there have been significant increases in PhD completions and externally-funded research.  This achievement is all the more impressive as the School is a major provider of social work and social policy education and training, which draws on our research.