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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.

Families, policy and professional practice research theme
Global community research theme
Health and Social Wellbeing research theme
Welfare Futures research theme

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


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Research news

Read the latest Newsletter from IRiS

In their latest Newsletter, IRiS reflects back on some of the activities and projects it has been involved in over the past successful year.
Thursday 8th January 2015

Neglecting neuroscience has criminal consequences for youth

Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, and Visiting Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne Nathan Hughes, writes for 'The Conversation'
Wednesday 7th January 2015

New research to look at how superdiverse neighbourhoods access healthcare

Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), is the lead researcher for a new 3 year project starting in 2015 entitled 'Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage (UPWEB)'.
Tuesday 6th January 2015

Research Fellow - NORFACE - Welfare Bricolage

Apply for an opportunity to work individually and as part of a wider team on an EU Norface UPWEB research project in order to develop and deliver high quality research that supports the delivery of specified outputs.
Friday 19th December 2014
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Departmental research

Health Services Management Centre researchInstitute of Applied Social Studies research

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