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Research Clusters

The Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology's Research Clusters provide focal points for collaboration in different areas of sociological, social, and criminological research. Through them our academic researchers can share ideas, develop projects, gain peer support, access broader networks, and organise seminars and conferences.

Staff members and PhD students can belong to multiple clusters, as can collaborators from across the University and beyond.

Clusters provide the framework for delivering postgraduate research supervision and support, with students fully integrated into projects.

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Centre for Ageing and the Life Course (CALC)

CALC fosters research in critical and cultural ageing studies, exploring the underpinning factors shaping inequalities in ageing, as well as the subjective meaning and lived experience of health and well-being in later life.

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International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU)

ICRU is committed to advancing theoretically-informed, empirically rigorous, and policy-relevant research in criminology and criminal justice that resonates locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Publics & Practices

Publics & Practices is a group of researchers interested in examining the social, economic, cultural, political and affective production of publics. We address ourselves to the ways in which publics become a matter of political concern for social scientists, states, corporations, and others.

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The Decolonial Critique

A global network of more than 1,800 scholars, students, and activists who have an interest in theoretical and applied approaches to coloniality/decoloniality.