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Policy and Impact

A combination of advanced theoretical and empirical social science and practical application is the hallmark of the School. Our appetite for advancing understanding of a fast-changing social world leads us to develop new ideas and methods that have an impact upon public debates concerning policy and practice.

These pages contain examples of how our world-leading research has made a positive impact on real-life social problems and influenced policy decisions and professional practice. We also showcase some of our internationally-renowned research staff who act as advisors to national government panels and feature in the media as experts in their respective discipline.

News

Innovation and Impact success for SOCSI research

Two research projects at the School of Social Sciences have been recognised at this year’s prestigious Innovation and Impact awards.

Pioneering UPSI research which prompted a major drug operation and changed policing was recognised for its impact, winning the Award for Social, Cultural or Policy Impact; and a ten-year DECIPHer study that reduced the uptake of smoking among adolescents was awarded the Innovation in Healthcare Award. Read full story

Improving community policing

Pioneering research led by Professor Martin Innes of the Universities' Police Sciences Institute (UPSI) which prompted a major drug operation and changed policing was recognised for its impact, winning the Award for Social, Cultural or Policy Impact.

Preventing smoking in teenagers

The ASSIST programme, a ten-year study led by Professor Laurence Moore that reduced the uptake of smoking among adolescents by training influential students to act as peer supporters, was awarded the Innovation in Healthcare Award.

Impact Case Study

EU regulation on chemicals ‘toolbox’

Read about how research by the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC) led to a collaborative project with the European Trade Union Institute and the European Textiles Workers Federation to develop a 'toolbox' of guidance materials to support small firms in the textiles industry. The toolbox made a positive impact on practical support for workers and employers in managing the risks of hazardous substances at work. Read more

In the Media

Our academics often appear in the media to provide comment or offer their expertise on a topical issue. Below are some recent examples with links to articles and clips.

Research results make a big splash
Initial results of a survey carried out by a team led by Professor Alan Felstead have made a big splash in the news! Read more

From New York (Times) to Los Angeles (Radio)...SOCSI in the USA
Neil Stephens has been promoting SOCSI research in America! His research on in vitro meat was covered in the New York Times, with follow up radio interviews live on NPR in Los Angeles and to 10 million people on Marketplace, the most listened to business radio show in the USA.

Press releases

20 May - A climate of fear: employees face greater stress and job insecurity while working harder 

29 April - Risk expert who predicted MMR crisis says governments still in danger of not getting it right

24 April - Survey shows a rise in demand for people with degrees

4 April - Better protecting victims of anti-social behaviour

20 March - Forecasting the Future with Big Social Data

5 March – Disabled employees more likely to experience ill-treatment at work – article published in Work, Employment and Society. The story was picked up by more than 100 media outlets to date, including sources in America, Canada and India.

20 February – Governing pollution from ships