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 18 October 2016

New book series on global migration and social change

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new book series on global migration and social change edited by Dr Nando Sigona of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and Dr Alan Gamlen of the Hugo Center for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Posted 11 October 2016

New publications from IRiS

´╗┐Two new publications by Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).

Posted 10 October 2016

Social Policy hosts health and ageing workshop

An important workshop focusing on health and ageing in both China and the UK, took place at the University of Birmingham earlier this month, followed by a day of research meetings