Research Groups

Child Well-being and Protection

The research group underpins the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and brings together staff from across the University of Stirling who are engaged in research of relevance to children’s wellbeing and protection. We undertake research, and have the expertise to tackle the issues that affect children’s development at an individual, family and structural level and thus can bring a holistic and integrated approach to the field.  

Child Well-being and Protection

Crime & Justice

The Crime and Justice Research Group is multi-disciplinary and collaborative. Our membership includes staff and postgraduate students with a range of research interests and expertise related to crime and criminal justice both theoretically and applied.

Crime and Justice

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Mark Priestley blog The Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Group engages in empirical and philosophical inquiry in the areas of:

  • Citizenship, participation and rights – exploring issues around children’s participation and rights in education, global citizenship and citizenship in the vocational curriculum.
  • Curriculum-making and emerging pedagogies – exploring different approaches to pedagogy and curriculum-making in the contexts of schooling, vocational and international higher education, and the role of educators in curriculum change.
  • Language and learning – exploring pedagogy (learner engagement, e-learning, intercultural communication) and academic/pedagogic discourses, through methodologies of conversational analysis, corpus linguistics and linguistic ethnography.
  • Philosophy of education – bringing philosophical ideas to bear on issues around aesthetic education, creativity, discipline, translation and religious education.
Curriculum and Pedagogy

Dementia & Ageing

The group carries out multidisciplinary, policy and practice relevant social scientific research with particular emphasis on people with dementia and those who support and care for them. Our research has a strongly applied focus, and is relevant for multiple stakeholders. The perspectives of people with dementia, their supporters and carers are central, and we seek to understand their everyday lives and find ways of promoting well being and better quality of life. We work with researchers, clinicians and social care practitioners from many disciplines across the University and with national and international colleagues in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

Dementia and Ageing

Professional Education and Leadership

The Professional Education and Leadership group brings together a diverse group of researchers with the goal of supporting innovative and synergistic collaborations across the Faculty of Social Sciences and beyond aimed at bringing novel theoretical, conceptual and methodological  insights to bear on learning and leadership within the professions.

Professional Education and Leadership

Public Services and Governance

PSG‌‌‌The Public Service and Governance research group brings together scholars from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Stirling providing cutting-edge research on public service change, reform and leadership. The research groups innovates in empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions to the challenges that public service face across the globe. 

Public Services and Governance

Social Surveys and Social Statistics

The research focus of this group is the analysis of social survey datasets.  There is an emphasis on detailed empirical research that is theoretically informed. Members of the group employ rigorous social science methods of data analysis in the pursuit of internationally excellent social science outputs.  There is a broad spectrum of substantive social science topics and issues currently under investigation for example social stratification, ethnicity, social identity, citizenship, social capital, social networks, housing and social inclusions and exclusion.

Social Surveys and Social Statistics
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