Addressing gender inequality
Gender inequality is one of the most pressing global issues of our time. Our Institute for Global Innovation is spearheading efforts to confront gender inequality, ranging from violence against women, children and other vulnerable people in sub-Saharan Africa, through to safe access to maternal health, and tackling political rights and participation.
Closing gaps in educational achievement
The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) is challenging the prevalent misconceptions around autistic children and young people. ACER is offering knowledge of autism to staff in education settings, supporting them to steer away from generalist understandings of what makes for ‘good’ education of autistic students.
The Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research focuses on the social and educational inclusion of people with vision impairment. It has conducted studies in developing countries aimed at increasing access, promoting inclusion, and improving the curriculum and teaching methods. This work is taking place alongside research in the UK, which is empowering young people with greater educational and social inclusion as they transition through to adulthood.
Changing asylum policy to support victims of sexual and gender-based violence
Our Institute for Research into Superdiversity is currently examining how the health and social effects of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are addressed for victims in refuge. In 2020, over 82 million people were forcibly displaced. Just under half were female. Of these, as many as 50% have experienced SGBV. Many victims who are seeking asylum are trapped within the UK’s system for years after arriving in country, struggling with personal finance, work, and healthcare due to their status. The SEREDA Project offers policy recommendations on how systems could be improved to protect, rather than harm, vulnerable victims.
Children Born of War is a network aimed at enhancing our understanding of the challenges experienced by children born of war in volatile societies. The network informs the debate and policies on the reintegration of children born of war into post-conflict societies.
A data-driven approach to understanding inequality
Through the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and AI, we are developing data-driven approaches to understanding inequality by integrating data across boundaries, including economic, healthcare, education, and both social and traditional media. With the increasing use of black box algorithms, which produce decisions that cannot be easily explained, there is an urgent need for better methodological approaches and regulatory and ethical discussions.
Adult Social Care – better outcomes for all
The IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together), led by Professor Jon Glasby, will put evidence into practice to promote and maintain people’s independence and wellbeing during their time in care. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation, it will be the first implementation centre of its kind in the UK.