The Social Policy and Criminology discipline at The Open University has extensive interests in this field and is engaged in a number of lived experience, social policy and welfare-related research projects. We are also part of the OU’s Children and Young People Research Network, the Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) research centre, and the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC).
Our substantive areas of interest include:
- meanings and practices of couple relationships
- parenting, kinship and intergenerational relationships
- intimacy and sexualities in personal lives
- children’s rights, participation and agency
- changing service provision for young people
- young people, welfare and crime.
We have an international reputation for methodological innovation, with particular strengths in qualitative mixed methods research, biographical and life story research, discourse analysis and historical methods.
Research students connected to this area are encouraged participate in the supportive and collegiate research culture in the discipline.