The School of Social Sciences is committed to the pursuit of internationally excellent research in all of its areas of specialism. Much of this research is applied and policy - focussed contributing to debates on policy in both national and international contexts. It is often cross disciplinary bringing together staff from different Divisions with different disciplinary perspectives to address key real world issues.
From a disciplinary perspective our research covers the following subject areas:
Economics, History, International Development, International Relations, Peace Studies, Psychology, Social Policy, Social Work
Staff work on research either individually, in informal clusters or as part of more formal research centres. Research policy is set by the Faculty Research Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean for Research who monitors all research across the faculty. Research centres are used to foster a supportive and creative research environment, to maximise synergies across the staff body, to organise seminars and to initiate external grant bids.
Research in the school has a local, national and international focus. Whilst most work in social policy, and social work, for example, is either national or local, work in the areas of Peace and Development has a strong international focus with particular research interests in Africa and Asia.
Peace Research has been a major specialism for many years with staff contributing to the academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peace-building, security studies and international relations. There is one centre in this area – the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS).