Research in the School of Social Policy

Within the School of Social Policy, we undertake innovative, exciting, applied research. We believe in research making impact and we aim to build into the research process itself, communities, policy makers and practitioners, so as to ensure that our research travels and impacts upon people's everyday lives. Our research is ethically driven and sensitive, and deeply resonates with local, national and international issues..

A series of broad research themes underpin the research activities of the School. These are:

Research expertise across the School currently sits within our Departments. The Health Services Management Centre organises its research around its five areas of work or specialisms:

In addition, there is an over-arching Participatory Research theme, which is cross-cutting across the School's research activities.

Research Centres

Research Groups

View all Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) research projects

View all Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) projects

Doctoral Training Centre status

The University of Birmingham has been selected as one of only 12 single institutions to receive 'Doctoral Training Centre' status from the ESRC. The award recognises the work of social science colleagues over the past two years in consolidating our research training programmes into the new MA Social Research, as well as the commitment to high quality doctoral supervision and the wider experience for doctoral researchers at Birmingham.

Professor Pete Alcock, Director, Doctoral Training Centre

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Research news

Posted 10 February 2016

The collapse of Kids Company - a settling of accounts

Kids Company, the high profile charity founded in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh to work with severely disadvantaged young people, became insolvent and closed its doors in August 2015. This came after an apparent stand-off with the UK government over funding, close media attention and finally the announcement of a police investigation over allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the charity.