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 justices both theoretically and applied. The Group’s research activities are structured thematically around four key areas: contested concepts; critical social theory; criminal justice system and process; and organised crime. While our research activities span a range of projects our key areas inform our work, ensuring that methodology and analysis is informed by a critical investigation of criminological theory and applied research in the areas of crime and justice. Our work is underpinned by an appreciation of, and engagement with, interdisciplinary, comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. The Group’s activities also contribute directly to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), a partnership between the Universities of Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.
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The Dementia and Ageing Research 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. 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 wellbeing and better quality of life.
The spectrum of research spans from healthcare, looking at the outcomes of people with cognitive impairment and dementia in the hospital setting, through end of life care, decision making for care provision, the roles of community based care professionals in particular community pharmacists, and the importance of the dementia friendly neighbourhood. This large spectrum of research is made possible by the vast skill mix of the team: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologist, economists, social workers, social scientists, musicians, carers and people with dementia. The Research Group works 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.
The Group is fortunate to be aided in the translation of their research into education and policy informing practice by their collaborative working with the Dementia Services Development Centre.
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The Educational Practice/Theory Research Group comprises a dynamic group of researchers who bring innovative theoretical, conceptual and methodological insights to bear upon matters of learning and education. Our inter- and trans- disciplinary work plays a key role in the development of local, national and international policy and practice. Areas of expertise include digital social trends; curriculum-making and emerging pedagogies; language learning and teaching; professional learning and leadership; and philosophy of education. We are currently ranked highest in Scotland for the quality of our publications.
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The Public Services 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 Group innovates in empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions to the challenges that public service face across the globe. The current research priorities of the Group are:
In our teaching we deliver high-quality professional education across all areas of the Faculty, as well as offering practical ways for organisations to benefit from student projects and research. In our research we offer knowledge exchange across sectors, as well as providing leading research of immediate use and benefit to public sector organisations.
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The Social Surveys and Statistics Research Group focuses on 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.
There is also a strong methodological strand within the Group and a major emphasis on the application and interpretation of statistical models. A particular focus relates to issues surrounding 'data management' for large and complex social survey datasets, such as approaches to linking together datasets, and issues in operationalising complex measures, such as based upon occupational data, or data about the social connections between people.
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