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 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 ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The University ESRC DTC covers several subject areas (pathways) across the social sciences providing financial and research support to a number of students looking to improve their skills and knowledge through postgraduate study. More information about the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Research news Posted 10 April 2017 Is the EU's response to the refugee crisis fuelling marginalisation of migrants in Europe? On 29 March IRiS academic Dr Nando Sigona spoke about the plight of undocumented migrants in Europe at an event organised by Green MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels. Posted 10 April 2017 IRiS academic speaks about implications of labelling migrants crossing the Mediterranean In a workshop in Geneva about displacement and migration, Dr Nando Sigona offered some reflections on the implications of adopting different labels to describe the people crossing the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels. Posted 05 April 2017 Fully funded PhD opportunity within Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Applications are now open for a fully funded PhD in 'Sexual and gender based violence in the refugee crisis: understanding resilience in the refugee journey', supervised by Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.