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Department of Social & Policy Sciences research

Our research brings together insights and approaches from social policy, sociology, international development and criminology studies.

Research themes

Our substantive interests fall under five broad themes.


Research Centres

Staff from our department contribute to University Research Centres.


Centre for Death & Society

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CDAS is an internationally recognised research centre focusing on the interdisciplinary social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.

Pop up Research Centres

The department has several research centres to explore new avenues of research.


Centre for Prisons Research

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We are dedicated to exploring imprisonment and other forms of coercive confinement from the perspectives of those that live and work in carceral environments.


Research environment

We have a regular series of seminars that takes place in our department.



Research excellence

Showing our commitment to the quality of our work, our research was rated excellent by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.


Research impact

Our research has shaped policy and helped people out of extreme poverty.


Improving living wages

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Research from the University of Bath has informed policy change, directly impacting the living standards and social welfare of employees.

Our research

We carry out high quality research that contributes to scientific understanding and policy and practice, with the aim of improving family well-being and alleviating poverty.

Our research has impact on a diverse range of people and communities, in both first world and developing countries. Research is interdisciplinary, bringing together academics from departments across the University, including Economics, Education, Psychology and Health.


Contact us

Contact us to find out more about our research.