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Law and Social Sciences Groups

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The School of Law and Social Sciences has the following Research Groups:

Crime and Justice Research Group

Head: Dr Christine Magill

As an interdisciplinary group we aim to make a difference to those groups/individuals who are criminalised and/or marginalised, particularly those who are already vulnerable or experiencing inequality. Our initial research focus is on the penal system, which includes those institutions responsible for detaining asylum seekers and other migrants for administrative purposes.

Critical Autism/Disability Studies

Head: Professor Nicola Martin

The principle “nothing about us without us” underpins the concept of participatory disability/autism research. As a group, we aim to develop an understanding of critical autism/disability studies through participatory research, which is informed by, and of practical use to, autistic/disabled people and their allies.

Education and Social Justice

Head: Professor Nicola Martin

We are concerned with social justice and inclusive education across all age ranges. Our initial priority research areas are: 1) Social exclusion (especially prison-based education, youth violence and school exclusion); 2) Research informed practice in education; 3) Beliefs and values concentrating on religion and belief in schools and intercultural education; 4) Global perspectives, centred on work in Cambodia and Tanzania.

Gender and Sexualities

Head: Helen Easton

We focus on the different experiences of individuals and groups in society, both nationally and internationally, based on their gender and/or sexual orientation. This research theme encompasses topics including: gender, culture and society; gender, race, sexuality and identity; gender, crime and the criminal justice system; gender and victimisation; human rights; equal rights; violence against women; female activism and political agency.

Sustainability – Policy, Practice and Pedagogy

Head: Professor Ros Wade

Sustainability is an imperative for the future of our planet. We will draw from the natural sciences and social sciences in order to foster a new type of learning, innovation and development that addresses the complex, real world problems of today such as climate change, global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss and social and environmental justice.

Space and Place

Head: Dr Philip Pinch and Dr Manuela Madeddu

It is important to understand the socio-economic, political and environmental relations and processes that underpin the construction of space and place since they are central to peoples’ individual and collective wellbeing. We aim to develop critical understandings of space and place, with a focus on the policy mechanisms which underpin their creation, use and effective management.

Tourism and Social Justice

Head: Dr Duncan Tyler

Communities can feel overrun by tourism: experiencing a disproportionate cost compared with the benefits accrued by industry stakeholders, with tourists threatening identity, livelihoods and cultures. We look at social justice issues in relation to tourism destination communities and workers’ groups.

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