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Regulation, governance, policy process

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Research in this area is active and extensive, and is located both within the Social Policy and Criminology discipline. Research interests include:

  • The historical development of welfare politics, policies and practices
  • The conflicts over future development of welfare states and systems
  • The modes of governing welfare and public services
  • The contested social relations of welfare, nationally and transnationally
  • Poverty, families and welfare
  • Devolution, nationalism and transnational social policy.

We have expertise in the area of globalisation, transnationalism and social policy. This is an interdisciplinary theme that focuses on how social relations, divisions and inequalities are constructed, manifested and contested through globalisation and transnationalisation processes.

Another core theme concerns the links between educational policy and society which deal with education, poverty, social class and/or identity, and the relationship between skills-based approaches aligning to models of corporate governance.

Expertise in this research area also includes urban policy, particularly as examined through the lens of poverty and problematised spaces, racial and other forms of exclusion. Research has also mobilised a critical engagement with the notion of community, whether this be the idea of sustainable communities, community mobilisation or parenting communities.

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Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or /MSc

Potential research projects

For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit our website. Information there will help you identify and articulate your research project, and tells you who to contact to discuss it with before writing your proposal and submitting an application.

Current/recent research projects

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor Nicola Yeates
+44 (0)1908 654534

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.