School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Research

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work continues to advance knowledge and social inquiry in a number of areas. We actively contribute to the development of theoretical ideas, new measurement techniques and real-life impact.

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Our commitment to research

Leading research centres - Staff in the School publish world class research which has local and global impact

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 including the well-being of children, social cohesion and mental health.

Meet our researchers

Sally Shortall

Professor Sally Shortall

Using evidence to inform policy

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Gavin Davidson

Dr Gavin Davidson

Positive approaches to Mental health

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Dr Cheryl Lawther

Conflict transformation and truth recovery

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Research areas

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Children, Young People and Families

Better understanding lives and relationships

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Conflict and Social Change

Explaining division and co-operation

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Social Inequalities

Understanding patterns and processes

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Disability, Ageing and Health

Building pathways to social impact

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Criminal Justice

Thinking critically about crime and punishment

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Drugs and Alcohol Research Network

Drugs and Alcohol

Understanding the impact of substance use

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Conflict transformation

Trauma, Violence and Abuse

ADDRESSING THE HARM CAUSED IN INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

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According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 over 75% of the research in Social Work is of world class and international quality.  

Research Centres

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Institute of Child Care Research

ICCR

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Disability Research Network

Enhancing collaboration

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ARK Northern Ireland

Access Research Knowledge

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Child Care in Practice

International peer review journal

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Our research impact

Queen’s University is joint 8th in the UK for research intensity

Our REF ranking