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The School has a reputation for research that focuses on Ireland in an international context, including comparisons with Europe, the US, the Global South and North-South Irish comparisons, including specific issues around borders. We continue to advance scholarship in a number areas: childhood and childcare; gender and welfare; the development of new theoretical ideas and measurement techniques in the field of poverty and equality; historical and contemporary social movements; health, illness and disability; drug use and misuse; and social identities.

Various methodological approaches - including qualitative, quantitative, cross-cultural, longitudinal, biographical and comparative history - are reflected in our research. We approach the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies, and criminology from a broad perspective and encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the study and analysis of social phenomena. We see ourselves as social scientists committed to ways of working that interact with and build knowledge and capacities in the communities around us.

Our annual research income is currently over £1.6m and our funders and partners include the research councils, government departments, the EU, Council of Europe and the large foundations. School research is informing thinking and the development of policies in many areas, such as the well-being of children, social cohesion, equality, physical and mental health, and illicit drug use.

The School's research training is recognised by the ESRC and we attract postgraduate research students from many parts of the world including several European countries, Ghana, India, Jordan, Russia, Uganda and the USA.  

Staff are grouped in research clusters.

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