Research Groups

Child Well-being and Protection

The Child Wellbeing and Protection Research Group is affiliated with and underpins the work of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection. It comprises a broad network of scholars from across the University of Stirling who share an interest in childhood, children’s wellbeing, safety, and relationships.  The Research Group has a strong interdisciplinary focus, and includes researchers from sociology, social work, health sciences, psychology, education, and beyond. 

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. Our work is underpinned by an appreciation of, and engagement with, interdisciplinary, comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. 

Crime and Justice

Dementia & Ageing

The Dementia & 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 well being and better quality of life. 

Dementia and Ageing

Education Studies

Mark Priestley blogThe Education Studies Research Group are 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.


Educational Practice/Theory

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 Group 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 Social Surveys and Social 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.

Social Surveys and Social Statistics
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