Research

The Faculty of Social Sciences supports a strong research ethos with many staff having outstanding international research records in our seven core research areas and three related centres, all of which address key issues in society today.

Our vision is to be an international centre of excellence in our specialist areas of research and develop leading edge knowledge exchange and public engagement activity which supports the impact of our research. 

We have an established international reputation for our research work on social gerontology, social responses to dementia, children and young people, child welfare and protection, families and relationships, problem solving justice, women in prisons, qualitative research with a variety of service users, teacher agency and the school curriculum, professional education, inclusionary policy and governance, housing studies, minorities experiences of social services and exclusion, social and ethnic identity and quantitative longitudinal analysis of large scale social survey data sets. Our work is both theoretical and applied, and is pursued through multi-disciplinary, collaborative, participatory and comparative working, including co-production with organisations and individuals. 

Our primary research areas are:

The Faculty also hosts, works in partnership and collaborates with a number of research centres and networks: The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP)Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)ProPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning, the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research; the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies

We have a sustained successful research record and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading, with the top 23% of our work judged as world leading across two units of assessment, Education and Social Work and Social Policy

The Faculty’s Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange is Professor Fiona Copland who is deputised by Professor Gill McIvor.

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