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    Social work & social policy

    Our research helps shape social work policy and practice through partnerships with national and international agencies.

We aim to create an environment which promotes internationally-excellent research that has a positive impact on both practice and policy. We had the highest quality profile for research publications in Scotland in our REF 2021 unit of assessment, according to the Times Higher Education’s GPA calculations, with almost half our nominated publications being classed as ‘world-leading’.

Our work is organised under the four broad headings of:

  • Children, young people & families
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Citizenship & communities
  • Criminal & social justice

These research areas are aligned closely with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ research themes of Health, Children and Young People, and Public and Social Policy, and the University research themes of Health and Wellbeing, and Society and Policy.

Current projects

Read our brief illustrations of the range of funded and unfunded research projects in our Social Work & Social Policy research summaries.

Our areas of research

Contact us

Department of Social Work & Social Policy

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Lord Hope Building
141 St James Road
Glasgow
G4 0LT

+44 (0) 141 444 8402

Research degrees: hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

Research and knowledge exchange: hass-rke@strath.ac.uk

Faculty enquiries: hass-faculty-office@strath.ac.uk

Course enquiries: hass-courses-apss@strath.ac.uk