Research in this theme has advanced theory and knowledge across key areas of sociological interest, including: policing and social control; the governance of community safety and security; and offending and identities.
This research theme is a thriving centre for interdisciplinary research which brings together several groupings from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, education, social philosophy, cultural studies, science and technology studies, feminism and political theory.
As experts in this field we are engaged in leading-edge research, contributing new theoretical insights and setting public agendas that challenge much of the accepted wisdom about education, skills and the knowledge economy; globalisation, work and the labour market; and the future of capitalism, political economy and social movements.
With its focus on public health, health care and social work, in addition to outstanding scholarship, a distinctive feature of the research in this theme is its emphasis on knowledge translation and impact.
Research within this theme has a complex set of interfaces with medicine and clinical practice and has received strong support from the ESRC, the Wellcome Trust and the Health Care Trust.
The School of Social Sciences has been a centre of excellence for methods and methodology both qualitative and quantitative for forty years with our staff at the frontiers of developing social research methods, applying them in innovative ways, and theorising about them.