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 25 January 2017 Social Housing and the Good Society: Policy Futures Report for Webb Memorial Trust (2015-16) A new report, 'Social Housing and the Good Society - Policy Futures Report for Webb Memorial Trust (2015-16)' is the final output of a programme of work for the Webb Memorial Trust, exploring change in social housing in England. Posted 23 January 2017 Theresa May, the JAMs and Social Justice in an Era of Turbulence The speed with which Theresa May was `catapulted' into the leadership both of her Party and the nation following David Cameron's rapid departure from office after the EU referendum, has left many commentators seeking clues about the prospective economic and social agenda of her new government. Posted 16 January 2017 Is the crisis in the NHS as bad as the Red Cross says it is? The Conversation website has just published a piece by HSMC Director, Judith Smith, together with Andy Street (or York University) and Paula Lorgelly (of the Office of Health Economics) about the current NHS pressures and funding.