In 'Research' Participatory research themeResearchResearch themesIn 'The Conversation' Back to 'School of Social Policy' 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: Families, policy and professional practice Global community Health and social wellbeing Welfare futures 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: Leadership and organisational behaviour Partnerships, collaboration and integration Clinical and strategic commissioning Quality and innovation in service provision Patient experience and public involvement In addition, there is an over-arching Participatory Research theme, which is cross-cutting across the School's research activities. Research Centres Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) Family Potential: Centre for Policy and Practice Research Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) Research Groups Health and social wellbeing Housing and communities Welfare futures 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 28 September 2015 Is superdiversity solely a European phenomenon? Is superdiversity solely an European phenomenon? Posted 24 August 2015 CHASM new Director CHASM announces change in leadership. Posted 24 August 2015 Turning ideas into research: Theory, design and practice During a recent visit to Sydney in Australia, Professor Barbara Fawcett, from the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, together with Dr Rosalie Pockett, celebrated the launch of their new book 'Turning Ideas Into Research: Theory, Design & Practice'.