Our ambition is that we will be distinguised by our research strengths and recognized globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit we deliver through our research.

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Professor Joanne Hughes

Joanne is Director of Research and holds the first ‘UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Relations in Divided Societies’.

Joanne is also Director of the Centre for Shared Education. She has developed a shared education model in Northern Ireland now used in Israel and Macedonia as a tool to promote reconciliation.

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Our Research Groups

Our research is organised through research groups in our core disciplinary research areas, and staff from the School are active in University-wide research institutes and programmes.

Research Centres, Networks and University-wide research institutes and programmes

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

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Drugs and Alcohol Network

Informing and Supporting Public Health

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Disability Research Network

Collaboration in Disability Studies and Research

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Access Research Knowledge

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The core discipline of Education at Queen’s is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland and our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87 per cent of the research undertaken within this subject assessed as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' (REF, 2014).


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Centre for Children's Rights

Because Children have Rights

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Centre for Shared Education

Working together for learning

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Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Overcoming Barriers, Achieving Potential

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Access Research Knowledge

Making information accessible, supporting civic society, challenging policies

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Mitchell Institute

Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

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Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

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Postgraduate Study


Are you interested in doctoral study in the school of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work?

We have a range of PhD programmes available.

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Meet our researchers

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Dr Anne Campbell

Researching Substance Misuse

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Professor Gavin Davidson

Positive approaches to Mental health

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Professor Laura Lundy

Giving Children a Voice in their Future

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Our research impact

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

Our REF ranking

Childcare in Practice Journal

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Child Care in Practice

International peer review journal

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