Social Policy draws on a wide range of disciplines with research being undertaken across the UK and internationally. Much of this research has a significant impact on the policy and practice of institutions but also on the lives and outcomes of individuals and communities. Below are just a few examples of recent research to give you a flavour of some of the areas covered in a Social Policy degree:

Child Poverty and Vulnerable Families

Child Poverty and vulnerable families was the research area that won The University of Bath a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011. This film showcases the work of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences on child poverty in the UK and global poverty in children:


Opposition to immigration remains widespread in the UK – but a closer look reveals different preferences between types of immigrants. Dr Scott Blinder at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society explores our complex views on immigration:

Employment and Postcode Discrimination

Ruth Lupton, Professor of Education at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) discusses a recent study undertaken to explore whether employers discriminate against job applicants based on where they live:

Images of Women and Ageing

Images of older women in the media are frequently stereotyped or left out altogether. The ‘Look at me! Images of Women and Ageing’ project, led by Dr Lorna Warren at the University of Sheffield, encouraged women to create their own, alternative images – showing their experiences of ageing: