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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

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Dr Anne Campbell

Researching Substance Misuse

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Gavin Davidson

Professor Gavin Davidson

Positive approaches to Mental health

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Dr Cheryl Lawther

Conflict transformation and truth recovery

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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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Pedagogy, Learning and Curriculum

improving the learning and teaching environment in educational contexts

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Human Rights, Equality and Social Cohesion in Education

upholding children’s rights, promoting social justice and reducing societal divisions

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Trauma, Violence and Abuse


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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


Institute of Child Care Research


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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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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 Behaviour Analysis

Overcoming Barriers. Achieving Potential.

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Centre for Children's Rights

Because Children Have Rights

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Centre for Effective Education

Transforming Education Through Evidence

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Centre for Shared Education

Working Together for Learning

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Our research impact

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

Our REF ranking

Latest Publications


The School of Social Sciences, Education 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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Professor Joanne Hughes

Working together for learning

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Dr Karen Kerr

Making a School for Science in the Great Outdoors

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Professor Laura Lundy

Giving Children a Voice in their Future

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