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The School of Applied Social Studies hosts an active, vibrant and innovative research community, with theoretically-informed empirical and policy-focused research reflecting the School’s commitment to contribute to fairer, more inclusive and socially engaged societies.

The School is organised around the academic disciplines of Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. Researchers explore social, cultural, psychological, and behavioural processes across three interconnected themes:

• Marginalisation, Violence and Justice (including particular expertise in: territorial stigma; political violence; gender-based violence; informality/ informal settlements; community development; peace processes; transitional justice)
• Identities, Communities and Cultures (including particular expertise in: multiculturalism; online communities and movements; sustainability and sustainable communities; transport; alternative and creative research methods)
• Care, Health and Wellbeing (including particular expertise in: care systems; social work practice; mental health and wellbeing; health inequalities; sports and fitness psychology)

Dean: Prof Stephen Vertigans
Associate Dean for Research: Dr Natascha Mueller-Hirth