Theme Lead: Dr Tom Grimwood
The Applied Social Science Research theme covers an inter- and cross-disciplinary range of research interests around the interrelationships of people, culture, society and economy. There is a specific focus on care and wellbeing issues and practices, which are explored through theories and evidence affecting sites of practice such as living purposeful lives, community development, understanding trauma and growing positive relationships.
Our current portfolio of research includes:
- Healthy intimate, family and community relationships (family dynamics, children looked after, attachment, community cohesion).
- Trauma informed work (interpersonal violence, domestic violence, abuse, victimisation, child sexual exploitation, trafficking)
- Leaving purposeful lives (employment, education, leisure).
- Social economics (income, debt, poverty)
- Understanding society, culture and behaviour (attitudes, discrimination, anti-social behaviour, criminology).
Two networks sit within this theme:
- The Young Researchers Network – convenes annually to share best practice, disseminate outcomes and celebrate young researchers work.
- The Child, Youth, Family and Community network - a facebook group which shares news, research and information about each of these groups