The Social Policy and Criminology discipline at the OU is recognised nationally and internationally for its distinctive approach to teaching and research. We have a vibrant research culture, broadly drawing on critical constructivist and interdisciplinary approaches to both the study of, and research in, social policy and criminology, sustained through our commitment to producing scholarship and research.
We have publications and research projects of national and international significance that can act as a catalyst for, and inform public dialogue on, critical issues in social policy and criminology, from the global to the local and everyday.
Many members of the discipline are actively involved in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) (where we lead or are actively involved in the research programmes of Families, Relationships and Communities, and Migrations and Belongings), the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and Openspace. Research students are also encouraged to join these centres and to take an active part in our supportive and collegial research culture.