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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 Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing higher education research.

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

A tree, half alive and vibrant green, half dead

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

Photograph of the entrance to a British prison

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 are a busy and vibrant research community spanning a number of research interests and themes.

SPS Department Seminars

SPS department seminars; happening the first and third Tuesday of the month, late morning into lunch; are a mix of in-person and online seminars.

Research impact

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

Improving living wages


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.