We can trace our research pedigree back to 1905, when the University established one of the world's first social science departments. Our researchers cover areas such as social justice, crime, health, welfare, housing, inequality and the operation of political power at local, national and global levels.
Our department hosts a number of Research Clusters covering areas such as social justice, crime, health, welfare, housing, inequality and the operation of political power at local, national and global levels. Our research is organised under the following clusters:
Read about ESRC funded Coronavirus Research projects including 'The Shadow Pandemic', in which Prof Sandra Walklate, Prof Barry Godfrey and Dr Jane Richardson examine challenges posed by the lockdown in responding to domestic abuse.
Our research engages with a range of issues all concerned with challenging social inequalities, underpinned by a strong commitment to critical social theory and novel methods of empirical research
Professor David Whyte
Collaborating with External Partners
Our academics are internationally-focused and we have been developing strong relationships in Australia and South-East Asia. Currently, we have research staff exchanges and/or research programme collaborations with the University of Tasmania, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, James Cook University, Monash University, Hong Kong City University and the Singapore Institute of Technology.
We share our expertise and insights with Government agencies; international/national/regional civil society organisations; employers, employees and trade unions; criminal justice agencies, penal reform and human rights movements; health providers and health professionals; welfare organisations and a diverse range of cultural industries, to help them influence and develop policy.
We see the provision of training for researchers as a key part of sustaining a vibrant research culture. Since 2011, the advanced training network has promoted and facilitated methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinary dialogue.
Eleanor Rathbone Public Lecture Series
Our Eleanor Rathbone Social Justice Public Lectures are a long-standing annual public lecture series hosted by the Department. Free to attend, these public lectures are central to the work of the department, relevant to the pioneering work undertaken by Eleanor Rathbone in her day and presented by respected guest speakers.
While the campus is temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of events and webinars will still be taking place virtually.