In this time of global disruption, we provide a focal point for innovative and critical engagement with social, legal and political responses to the changing landscapes of the twenty-first century. Through the work of our research groups we examine key issues of social justice reform in diverse areas such as access to justice, crime, disability, human rights, migration and sustainability. Ultimately, we seek to challenge otherisation and work to ensure understanding and inclusiveness.
The Centre operates through seven interdisciplinary research groups covering Crime and Justice; Critical Autism/Disability Studies; Education and Social Justice; Law and Access to Justice; Race, Gender and Sexualities; Space, Place and Society; and Sustainability – Policy, Practice and Pedagogy.
Researching Society, Justice and Responsibility
Building on the work of LSBU’s Weeks Centres for Social and Policy Research, and LSBU’s Education Research Centre and drawing on established links to academics, civil society and governments, we seek to examine critically the sources, nature and impact of social injustice, inequality and exclusion nationally and throughout the world.
Our themes are embedded in the research of a diverse group of scholars who are experts in human rights, education, law, criminology, history, international relations, politics, sociology, housing, planning and geography. The diversity of our membership facilitates the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary research, which promotes cross-cultural understanding.
Researcher development is an important aspect of the work of the Centre which offers opportunities for participation in writing retreats, research labs for the development of skills in for example bid writing, impact and enterprise, and peer support including mentoring and pre-publication feedback.
The work of the Research Centre informs the student experience at LSBU. Research informed teaching is an aspect of all our courses and students have inclusive access to multi-disciplinary seminars and researcher development opportunities. We have a thriving and growing doctoral community.
The Centre membership comprises over 30 LSS academics including researchers from all four of our academic divisions: Education, Law, Social Sciences and Urban, Environmental and Leisure Studies (UELS).
To view the full Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility staff list
We seek to engage with a range of academic institutions, public authorities, private institutions and third sector partners on a variety of projects relating to the range of interests of members of the Centre and the Groups.
Industry and third sector partners/partnerships
Zoe Leadley-Meade: Youth Violence Commission
Shaminder Takhar: The Fawcett Society Local Government Commission
Caitríona Beaumont: Voluntary Action History Society, The Fawcett Society, The Royal Historical Society
Ros Wade: Schumacher Institute
Nicki Martin: Westminster Autism Commission, National Association of Disability Practitioners
Craig Barker: London Centre for International Legal Practice; Squire Patton Boggs LLP; Global Investor Immigration Council
HEC Global Learning Centre, Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).
Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research,
National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (Ireland), University of Akureyri Research Centre (Iceland),
Technical University of Catalonia (Spain).
Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths University
School of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture and Planning, Polytechnico di Milano, Italy
Sheffield Hallam University,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
University of Cambridge
The Centre has hosted a number of prestigious events including:
Criminalising Violent Pasts: Multiple Roots and Forgotten Pathways, 15-16 November 2018
Youth Crime and (In)Justice 28 June 2018
100 Years of the Women’s Vote in Britain: How Far Have We Come 16 June 2018
Kibreab, G The Eritrean National Service: Servitude for the Common Good and the Youth Exodus. James Currey, Woodbridge. ISBN 78-1-84701-160-2
Knowles, G, (Ed.) Supporting Inclusive Practice and Ensuring Equality is Equal for All 3rd Edition Routledge
Barker, JC Who cares? Dag Hammarskjold and the limits of responsibility in international law. In: Peace diplomacy, global justice and international agency: rethinking human security and ethics in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 508-535. ISBN 9781107037205
Takhar, S (Ed) Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman. Emerald, Bingley.xiii-272 ISBN 978-1786350381
Milburn, K Rethinking music geography through the mainstream: a geographical analysis of Frank Sinatra, music and travel. Social & Cultural Geography, 1-25. DOI 10.1080/14649365.2017.1375550
Beaumont, C (2017) The Mothers' Union and the Women's Movement: a history of female activism 1876-2017. Families First.
Eroukhmanoff, C ‘It’s not a Muslim ban!’ Indirect speech acts and the securitisation of Islam in the United States post-9/11. Global Discourse / Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 8. 5-25. DOI 10.1080/23269995.2018.1439873
Jeffrey Weeks, ‘Sexual Justice in Global Context’, in Heinskou, M. B. and Wøldike, M. E. (eds), Byen og Blikkets Lyst: Festskift til Henning Bech, (2014).
Please see below all the upcoming events, organised and hosted by our various research groups.