Social Sciences research at University of Gloucestershire draws from the disciplines of sociology, criminology, human geography, demography, development studies, education, and psychology.
Research areas include:
Public Protection:Domestic abuse and homicide; stalking; serious sexual assault; disclosure of childhood sexual violence; child sexual exploitation; support for victims of violence; offender management and treatment.
Stronger and Safer Communities:Restorative justice; policing and the community; crime and antisocial behaviour in the night time economy; police professionalisation; social and supported housing; asset-based community development; feminist activism; citizenship, exclusion and belonging.
Identities:“Race” and citizenship, intersectionality; diaspora and identities; cultural and critical criminology; online social-sexual networks of gay, bisexual and queer men; social media and drug markets; drag identities; masculinity and military identities; cultural heritage and youth identities.
Global Challenges:Migration and transnational identities; population health, wellbeing and ageing; democracy and global governance; genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; international security and terrorism; food security, water management and periurban agriculture.
Psychology and Social Issues:Wellbeing and resilience in caring professions; management and treatment of offenders. Research in Social Sciences is promoted by the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection (CLIPP).
See also research opportunities in psychological sciences, geographical sciences, education, countryside and community, sport and exercise.
Training in Research Methods
All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.
This research contributes to the research priority area Environmental Dynamics and Governance.
- MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. Option to upgrade to a PhD
- PhD: you will need a master’s degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
- We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
- EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Dr. Jonathan Hobson
Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences
"I am Academic Subject Lead for Social Sciences, which includes Criminology, Sociology, Policing, Applied Social Sciences, Public Projection and Criminal Justice. I am a Political Sociologist by training but increasingly research and teach in Criminology. I specialise in issues of globalisation and democracy, Restorative Justice, and international crimes such as genocide and Crimes against Humanity,"
Dr. Jane Monckton Smith
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
"My research is focused around interpersonal violence, and especially how we can prevent homicide. I work with professionals in reviewing homicides and training . I also work with families bereaved through homicide to help them with criminal justice processes."
Access research-active supervisors with specialisms across a range of areas including urban issues, rural communities, globalisation and development, pedagogic research, psychology and social issues.
Develop your skills in research methods through dedicated modules.
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