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.
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
The far-right, anti-Islam protest movemement Pegida has so far been largely based in Germany and has had limited success in the UK. But around 300 people are expected to attend a march in Birmingham.
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.
The Children's Society invite you to the Birmingham launch of 'Hidden'. 'Hidden' reminds us that while the official figure of young carers is 166,000, this is only the tip of the iceberg.