Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
Social Policy research at Glasgow draws from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS), the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW). We are united in our commitment to civic social science, and share common interests in tackling social inequalities and injustices, nationally and internationally, through policy-relevant research underpinned by social theoretical expertise and methodological rigour. We are delighted to receive the results from our REF 2021 submission, with 95% of our work overall being recognised as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’
Impact Case Studies
- Improving experiences of justice for victim-survivors of rape and sexual assault
- Harnessing the draw of professional sports clubs to improve health and wellbeing
- Supporting Migrants’ Lives in Scotland
- Informing HIV policy formulation and prevention in Scotland
- Rethinking punishment and reintegration
Research Culture and Environment
Social Policy research at Glasgow reflects seriously on the challenges facing social policy, is creative and publicly engaged, and is independent, critical and reflexive. Our research is organised in four thematic areas (Health and Wellbeing, Crime and Justice, Migration, Racism and Citizenship, and Digital and Social Transformations). These incorporate research and teaching staff and are collegial, collaborative forums for incubating research ideas, for peer review and support.
Celebrating our Partnerships
Social Policy research at Glasgow is rooted in partnerships. We imagine, design and conduct much of our research in collaboration with both academic and non-academic partners, together analysing social problems and injustices, thus informing the development, delivery and reform of preventive and responsive social policy at local, national and international levels.
Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Our multidisciplinary approach to researching the dynamics of digital society has been supported by 13 grants (almost £1m) to enable examinations of how digital technologies (services, devices, networks) shape and intersect with social, political and cultural change, such as: smart innovations in public services using AI and related technologies.