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Social policy and criminology
Regulation, governance, policy process

Regulation, governance,
policy process

Regulation, governance, policy process

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

  • Global social policy
  • 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 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.

Our department has an international reputation for methodological innovation, with particular strengths in qualitative mixed-methods research, visual methods, biographical and life-story research, discourse analysis, historical methods and ethnography.

Research students connected to this area are encouraged to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture in the department and the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. Staff in this research area are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD). Both of these research initiatives warmly welcome Postgraduate Student participation.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

An applicant seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD should normally hold the minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or a Master’s degree in an appropriate cognate area from a UK University or other recognised degree-awarding body. Other entry routes are possible.

Potential research projects

We are open to receiving proposals on a wide range of research projects on this broad topic. See further guidance on choosing a research project. 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.

Potential supervisors


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Further information

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

Professor Nicola Yeates
Email: FASS-SocialPolicyCriminology-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654534