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Research priority area

Society and Learning

Society and Learning is a broad Research Priority Area (RPA), encompassing nearly 100 staff in teams across three Schools: Education and Teacher Training; Social Sciences, including Sociology, Criminology, and Policing; and Social Work.

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Across our subjects, the Research Priority Areas (RPA) works to create an environment that supports innovative and impactful research and to build links to support the staff in achieving this.

As areas that are inherently about working with people and communities, much of the work focuses on the ways in which research can have meaningful impact on communities, policies, and practice. The work of the RPA is organised through cross and multidisciplinary research groups, which currently includes:

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Education and Teacher Training

Education in a broad sense can transform individual lives as well as wider society. As the name of our research priority area suggests, our focus is on professional practice, which we see as a means to bridge this wide range of potential impact.

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Social Sciences

The Social Sciences group are involved in research across a range of areas, including Sociology, Criminology and Policing. The group embraces the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the challenges facing groups and individuals in different contexts.

Research includes work on homicide, stalking and violence against women and girls; restorative justice and restorative practices; social exclusion and identity; and approach to policing.

For more information, please email:

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Social Work

One of the key areas of work for Social Work team is the interaction of issues of power,  ‘care’ and how this underpins the experiences, everyday realities and focus of social work practice. This includes examining professional interventions and the context in which they take place in facing our increasingly fragmented communities.

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Contact Dr. Jonathan Hobson, research and priority area convenor for Society and Learning.

Dr. Jonathon Hobson

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