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Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research

The centre is a well-respected hub for social and policy research

The Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research is renowned for dynamic, world-leading and cutting edge research. It has a reputation for producing internationally recognised publications, a thriving research environment and externally funded research and consultancy.

The centre was established in 2009. It coordinates the research activities of the School of Law and Social Sciences' Divisions of Law, Social Sciences and Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies.

The centre connects with other international centres, including the Freilich Foundation, Australian National University; the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University; and the Centre for Culture, Communication and Society, Plymouth University, where Prof. Taylor is a Visiting Professor. 

The Weeks Centre was named after Professor Jeffery Weeks, once Executive Dean at London South Bank University (LSBU), in recognition of his research leadership at LSBU and internationally acclaimed sociological work on the social organisation of sexuality.

Follow our current activities on Twitter @WeeksCentre.

Research profiles

The centre has eight research themes:

  • Childhood, Youth and Generation
  • Crime, Social Justice and Citizenship
  • Education, Culture and Communication
  • Families and Relationships
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sustainability, Space and Place

Research quality

Three-quarters of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded a top quality rating of 3* for 'environment' - "conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability" - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Weeks Centre offers exciting opportunities for postgraduate research and taught postgraduate degrees for MPhil/PhD (by research), MA or MSc awards. You can study full-time, part-time or by distance learning in a range of areas, within disciplines and across disciplinary boundaries.

Students come from all over the world and typically go on to excellent careers. Come and be part of a growing and exciting research culture where postgraduate students are encouraged to fulfil their potential through the provision of outstanding guidance and support. Select our postgraduate courses in our Course Finder for full details, including Tuition Fees, timetable and module information.

If you are interested in exploring PhD opportunities in one of our research or teaching areas, read more about Research Degrees at LSBU

The Weeks Centre also welcomes visiting academics (details below).

Lecture and seminar opportunities

The Weeks Centre hosts a series of seminars which are free to attend. 

Each year the centre also hosts the Annual Weeks Lecture. Last year we were privileged to introduce Professor Alan Norrie, Head of Law School, University of Warwick, who presented the topic: 'How Does Law Proceed? Psychology, Gender and Politics in the New Loss of Control Defence.'

The free lecture offered an excellent opportunity for academics and prospective Masters and Doctoral students to meet and share ideas.

Visiting academics

The centre welcomes visiting academics (scholars, fellows and Professors) to pursue their professional interests in our thriving research environment. The centre offers office space with computer access and use of the Perry Library, which has undergone £1.9million of improvements. 

All applicants should be able to demonstrate a clearly defined plan for research that falls within one of the eight research profiles of the Weeks Centre listed above. We consider all applications in terms of their potential contribution to the centre and its activities, as well as our ability to support an applicant's area of research. All visiting academics are asked to contribute to the Weeks Centre seminar series, the centre's newsletter and write at least one blog piece.

Visiting academics work with an assigned academic mentor from the centre. Please check People Finder for academics working in your research area.

Applications can be made at any time during the year but please note that teaching terms are from October to December; February to March; and April to May.

You will be asked to send:

  • A completed visiting appointment form including a detailed research plan for the period of your stay, your research interests, preferred study areas and related personal publications. This should include a list of the expected outcomes of your visits
  • A copy of your CV 
  • The date you wish to start and the proposed duration of your visit
  • Details of any sponsorship you may have.
  • Proof of identity may be required by Human Resources

You will need to make your own living arrangements prior to arrival at the Weeks Centre. 

Contact us

Search our People Finder for academics working in the theme of social and policy research.