Research in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Research in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology is committed to both rigour and relevance. Our work makes an important contribution to both academic discussion and the worlds of policy, practice and public debate. 

Our academics are constantly involved in a range of practical and more theoretical research projects, both across the UK and beyond. We then make the results of these available through our publications, designing these for a range of different audiences. Our research covers a range of issues including poverty and social exclusion, families, global communities, housing, and wealth and wellbeing. 

Research in our Centres

Research in our Groups

Current research projects

Birmingham's Muslims: in the city, of the city
Dr Chris Allen

CONSORT-SPI: a consort extension for social and psychological interventions
Professor Paul Montgomery

The DHA (docasahexaenoic acid) Oxford Learning and Behaviour (DOLAB) confirmatory study
Professor Paul Montgomery

EU families and 'Eurochildren' in Brexiting Britain
Dr Nando Sigona, Dr Laurence Lessard Phillips and Dr Rachel Humphris

Grade guidance for complex social interventions
Professor Paul Montgomery

Mass migration and real estate in European cities
Dr Lisa Goodson, Sian Thomas, Professor Jenny Phillimore and Professor Simon Pemberton

Menstruation and the cycle of poverty
Professor Paul Montgomery

Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: vulnerabilities, inequalities and responses
Professor Jenny Phillimore and Dr Lisa Goodson

Welcoming Cities? Understanding sanctuary in securitised states
Dr Rachel Humphris

Social Lettings Agencies (SLAs) (2016-17)
David Mullins

Empty Homes Community Grants Legacy (2016-17)
David Mullins

Tenant Engagement in Governance: a review of models and practices (2016-17)
David Mullins and Halima Sacranie

Co-operative Capital: the governance capacity of co-operative and community-led housing (2015-2017)
Dr Richard Lang

Reinvest: financing affordable housing under localism (2015-2018)
Dr Anita Blessing

Pathways of settlement among recent migrants in superdiverse contexts (2015-2017)
Susanne Wessendorf

Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage (UPWEB) (2015-2018)
Professor Jenny Phillimore

Superdiversity - civil society and new migrants in superdiverse contexts, Marie Curie Fellowship (2014-2017)
Susanne Wessendorf and Jenny Phillimore

Precarious status, migration governance and new geographies of mobility (2013-2017)
Dr Nando Sigona

Financial advice and retirement in an age of superdiversity
Dr Lisa Goodson

Health and wellbeing in the era of superdiversity (2013-)
Sabi Redwood and Jenny Phillimore

Social anchoring in superdiverse transnational social spaces (SAST) (2013-2017)
Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska and Jenny Phillimore

Key people

Mark Exworthy and Catherine Needham
Director(s) of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Helen Harris
Research Administrator