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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

Unloved and sidelined: Why are social sciences neglected by politicians?

Jon Glasby contributes to recent Guardian article profiling the social sciences and how they could be affected by a change of government and policy priorities.
Thursday 12th March 2015

Is social harm preventable?

In a new book 'Harmful Societies: Understanding social harm', Simon Pemberton, an expert on social harm, compares rates of social harms across 31 OECD countries.
Wednesday 11th March 2015

Public, private, or neither? Analysing the publicness of health care social enterprises

The traditional distinctions between public and private institutions have been increasingly challenged and criticised.
Tuesday 10th March 2015

Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Public Lecture

Social Policy's Chris Allen recently gave the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Public Lecture in Cardiff.
Monday 9th 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