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 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. Posted 12 January 2017 'Just about managing' families need more help to save, says academic think-tank Three-fifths of low and middle income households are currently unable to save money, while for people already saving, the ratio between spending and saving is dramatically falling, according to the latest report from CHASM. Posted 11 January 2017 Messaging in the Midlands - latest Working Paper from IRiS Read the latest in the IRiS Working Paper Series, 'Messaging in the Midlands: Exploring digital literacy repertoires in a superdiverse region'.