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.
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
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.
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.
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