Social Work and Social Policy

We put improving quality of life for marginalised and excluded groups at the heart of our research. Our core ethos is to address society’s goals of inclusivity and social justice. This is why our research with older people, children, addictions and crime and justice is so highly respected and globally relevant.

Our international reputation is founded on the strengths of our interdisciplinary team, including researchers with backgrounds in social policy, social work, criminology, sociology, urban studies, dementia studies and social gerontology. We work closely with policy-makers and practitioners to tackle contemporary global societal problems and challenges.

Find out more about our research in Social Work and Social Policy.

Our research areas

Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection

Delivering equal outcomes for children in a world of inequality.

Salvation Army Centre for Addictions Services and Research

Addressing the challenge of addictions in a person-centred manner.

Centre for Environment, Dementia and Ageing Research

Transforming lives and informing choices, policy and practice.

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Delivering high quality and fair criminal justice.

Social Surveys and Social Statistics Group

Giving methodological support across our research areas.

Public Services and Governance Group

Providing expertise in policy issues, especially in housing and governance.

PhD opportunities in Social Work and Social Policy

We offer a vibrant, supportive environment for postgraduate researchers in Social Work and Social Policy. Academic staff at the Faculty have also indicated areas in which they offer PhD supervision within their personal webpages. Take a closer look at the subject areas in which we offer PhD supervision and find out how to apply.

Read more about how to apply and see entry requirements What's the difference between a PhD and an MPhil?

Research Spotlights

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Research Spotlight

Dementia and ageing research

How we're addressing the challenges of ageing and dementia, and finding innovative solutions that enable older people to live independent lives for longer.