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Social Work & Social PolicyOur centres

One of the main ways we engage with local and central government, the private, voluntary and independent sectors, national and international organisations is through our centres of excellence. Our centres drive forward improvements in policy and practice through their partnership working.

The School of Social Work & Social Policy hosts the following centres:

  • Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR)
  • Centre for Health Policy
  • Centre for Education & Social Policy
  • Institute for Future Cities
  • Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS)
  • Children & Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ)

Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research 

What does it do?

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has invested in making the University of Strathclyde a full partner in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. The University of Strathclyde’s SCCJR hub is located in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.

The SCCJR is led by a partnership of Scottish Universities: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Stirling. Dr Sarah Armstrong, University of Glasgow, is the Director of SCCJR. Professor Laura Piacentini and Dr Beth Weaver are two of SCCJR’s Associate Directors representing the University of Strathclyde.

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) aims to:

  • Produce high quality, internationally recognised research in relation to crime and criminal justice;
  • Advance understanding of crime and criminal justice through theoretical, empirical and applied research;
  • Work with communities, policy makers and the wider public to collaboratively build just societies;
  • Support the development criminological research capacity across Scotland and provide an inclusive forum for this regardless of SCCJR membership.

The SCCJR is actively engaged in world-leading research, knowledge exchange and innovation programmes under the following broad themes:

    • Evidence, statistics and trends
    • Organised and White-Collar Crime
    • Research methods and criminological theory
    • Gender, crime and criminal justice
    • Young people and youth justice
    • Violence, drugs and alcohol 
    • Criminal justice process and institutions

We would love to hear from you whether you are interested in doing a PhD or collaborating with us on leading research or knowledge exchange programmes.

Centre for Health Policy

What does it do?

The Centre for Health Policy, part of the University's International Public Policy Institute (IPPI), is located in our school.

The Centre for Health Policy is located in the heart of Glasgow, a city that experiences some of Europe’s most significant health challenges. Our core purpose is to harness the resources of Strathclyde University to play a leading role in reducing health inequalities in Glasgow, Scotland and internationally.

We aim to transform public health and health policy through an innovative, cross-disciplinary model. Our model brings together leading academics from across disciplines to co-produce research, knowledge exchange, teaching and intervention programmes with leading charities, public sector bodies and policy makers.

We are proud to have developed a series of strong, purposeful partnerships with leading international universities and global health agencies. This provides a stimulating, creative and valuable network of contacts and opportunities for the network of students and partners we collaborate with.

 The Centre is directed by Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn and chaired by Professor Sir Harry Burns. Alongside our colleagues we harness our experience of practice, policy and academia. We would love to hear from you whether you are interested in doing a PhD in our Centre for Doctoral Training, or collaborating with us on leading research or interventions.

It supports the development of policies to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of public health systems.

It also leads research and innovation programmes under two, broad themes:

  • Health Systems & Services
  • Public Health & Inequalities

The centre draws on expertise across the University. It has established strong international links with researchers, policy makers and practitioners, including:

  • the World Health Organisation
  • New York University
  • Yale University
  • Oxfam
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Johnson and Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Group
  • Capita

Centre for Education & Social Policy

What does it do?

The University has one of the largest academic groupings of research, teaching and continuing professional development activity related to the areas of education and social policy.

The Centre for Education & Social Policy brings together this cross-disciplinary expertise, builds on it and helps to deploy it more widely in Scotland, the UK and internationally to develop evidence-based policy that delivers education and social outcomes that make a difference to people’s lives.

Institute for Future Cities

What does it do?

The Institute for Future Cities seeks to improve the quality of life in urban areas by working directly with commercial organisations and research bodies and city, national and supranational governments.

Research and teaching aims to address major global city challenges and inform decisions that make future cities across the world a better place in which to live, work, learn and invest.


What does it do?

CELCIS is a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland. We improve children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

We want to see a world where children and young people at risk of harm or in need of care and protection have safe, healthy, happy, and loving childhoods, and are supported to be all they hope to be.

With a track record of bringing together our specialist knowledge and experience of front-line practice, ground-breaking research and data, high-quality learning and development, and policy guidance and analysis, CELCIS is also home to improvement and implementation science expertise.

CELCIS is core funded by the Scottish Government.


What does it do?

Also funded by the Scottish Government, the CYCJ is Scotland's national youth justice centre. It supports improvement in youth justice, contributing to better lives for individuals and communities.

The centre's vision is a Scotland 'where all individuals and communities are safe and flourish; and where Scottish youth justice practice, policy and research are internationally renowned and respected.'

The centre does this by developing, supporting and understanding youth justice practice, policy and research in Scotland, and through seeking and sharing learning internationally.

University of Strathclyde ranked No.1 in Scotland for social work in The Complete University Guide 2012 & 2013