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 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.