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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

Operation Trojan Horse: Examining the 'Islamic takeover' of Birmingham schools

It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as "takeover" bids by "hardline Muslims". IASS's Chris Allen comments on 'Operation Trojan Horse'.
Tuesday 3rd June 2014

IRiS research video: Dr Ricky Joseph

In the latest addition to the IRiS research videos, Dr Ricky Joseph talks about the Doctoral Research Diversity Network (DRDN) and how this research fits in with the work on the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).
Monday 2nd June 2014

Evidencing superdiversity in the census and beyond

A new article by IRiS academic Professor Martin Stringer, entitled 'Evidencing superdiversity in the census and beyond' has been published by Taylor and Francis online
Wednesday 21st May 2014

Latest articles from IRiS research fellow

Two new articles by Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska, Marie Curie Research Fellow based in the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), have been published recently by SAGE.
Tuesday 20th May 2014
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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