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:

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

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 28 June 2017

Leading with Compassion scheme wins prestigious award

The team at North Staffordshire NHS have been awarded a highly prestigious award from the Healthcare People Management Association for their Leading with Compassion Recognition scheme, implemented in several NHS trusts across the West Midlands.

Posted 26 June 2017

New study explores national identity and political engagement of EU citizens in the UK at the referendum

In the 2016 referendum on the EU, EU citizens living in the UK were not eligible to vote – irrespective of how long they had spent in the UK. A new study by the Institute of Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) investigates how this group experienced the referendum campaign, and how this affected perceptions of political integration, feelings of membership and national identity.