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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

Getting by? A year in the life of 30 working families in Liverpool

Read the final report from the 'Getting By? Project: collecting the stories of 30 working families in Liverpool over a year', supported by the 'Below the Radar' workstream at TSRC.
Thursday 2nd April 2015

TSRC and NCVO receive funding to continue work on third sector evidence base

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) are to create a data resource that will improve the evidence base for the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to its finances and resources over the past decade.
Thursday 26th March 2015

Tenant involvement could save millions says Minister, Stephen Williams

Professor David Mullins joined over 100 leading figures from the tenants movement and social landlords in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons recently, to launch a major new report on the business benefits of social landlords' involving their tenants in decision making and service provision.
Thursday 26th March 2015

New superdiverse entrepreneurs

Read the latest in the IRiS Working Paper Series, 'Superdiverse Britain and new migrant enterprises'.
Tuesday 24th March 2015
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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