This cluster brings together staff with a breadth of research interests and research expertise. The group is diverse and dynamic and ranges from research students in the process of their PhDs, junior staff and internationally recognised scholars. The uniting interest of the cluster lies in the analsysis of public policy as a response to social problems. There are four key themes to our research;
All research shares a number of common principles. These include a commitment to using evidence to impact on policy; a commitment to developing qualitative and quantitative approaches to research questions; a commitment to theoretical and applied approaches to social problems; and a commitment to considering these social issues at both a macro and micro level. Gender, class and equality analysis underpins each research theme.
Cluster members have a well established track record of publishing their research in leading journals. Research is funded by the EU, Research Councils, Charitable Foundations, Government and other sources. The high international and national impact of our research is evident in Cluster members’ engagement with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, International Labour Organisation, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, regional government departments and UK government departments. Cluster members are especially committed to working with user groups, and have strong links with the Community and Voluntary Sector, Service Providers, and Practitioners in both the North and South of Ireland. One major aim of our Cluster is to heighten the impact of our research.
Director of Research - Dr Sally Shortall
Rebecca Shea Irvine