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Social Work and Social Policy

Social Work and Social Policy orientated research draws upon academic staff from a wide range of disciplinary areas within the School of Social Sciences. These include Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work.


Research contact: Professor James Hunter

This subject area's underlying research ethos is reflected in a desire to influence policy and practice with a view to enhancing social interventions. A significant component of our research is undertaken on behalf of, and in partnership with, key user groups including local, national and international policy makers and practitioners across social and criminal justice agencies.

Research activity in this area is concentrated within two distinctive research clusters:

  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions

Researchers in this subject area have completed work for and with organisations involved in public service delivery and professional bodies, including:

  • National government departments (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Departments of Health, Education, Communities and the Local Government Cabinet Office)
  • National professional or subject bodies (National Youth Agency, Children’s Workforce Development Council, National Children’s Bureau, Homeless Link)
  • Local and regional government departments and agencies.
  • Police forces
  • Prisons
  • NHS healthcare services
  • Youth services
  • Social services.

Our long standing relationship with key stakeholder organisations reflects our commitment to meaningful engagement with user groups.


  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions

Case Studies

The following Impact Case Studies are linked to this subject area:

Associated departments:

Potential Supervisors:

Department of Sociology

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professor James Hunter
+44 (0)115 848 5508