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The School of Applied Social Studies hosts an active, vibrant and innovative research community, with policy-based and theoretically-informed empirical research reflecting staff's engagement with academic and public sector stakeholders in local, national and international issues.

Areas of particular interest include:

Political violence; corporate social responsibility; informal settlements and resilience;
The psychological, behavioural, cognitive and functional benefits of intervention programs in patients with dementia; application of social and cognitive theories to predict mental wellbeing;
Post-conflict societies and peace processes; governance of development and development organisations;
Medical sociology, health inequalities, urban sociology/urban cultures;
Forensic psychology; effects of stress on memory; psychology of police/legal interviewing;
Children and young people in relation to: poverty and social exclusion, education, therapeutic practice and all aspects of group care;
Academia-practice interface for clinical psychology - practical application of clinical psychology theory.

Head of School: Prof Stephen Vertigans