Social Sciences research at Northumbria is concerned with analysing and explaining how the lives of individuals, societies and nations are being transformed by multi-level processes of change, from the global to the local.
Researchers draw upon insights from a range of disciplines including Criminology, Sociology, Politics, International Development, communication and media, with the distinctiveness of this multi-disciplinary approach also reflected in the impact of our work on research users across public, private and voluntary sectors, including the most marginalised groups in society.
Research in Social Sciences is supported by one specialist Research Centre and three Research Groups: International Development; International Public Policy and Management; Civil Society and Citizenship; Crime and Justice.
Research in the Centre for International Development brings together academics and practitioners from the UK and internationally to promote research, consultancy, teaching, training and public engagement on global poverty and inequality, the communities and individuals who experience it, and the policies, practices and approaches that seek to address it. Research is organised around three key themes: Governance, environmental resources and sustainability; volunteering, activism and civil society; and participatory design and digital civics.
Research in the Group on International Public Policy and Management examines how Global and European organisations operate; how national reforms (in areas such as health and welfare benefits) are affecting service users; how local governments are responding to austerity; and how communities of place and identity can influence local democracy and service provision. Researchers collaborate with institutions such as the United Nations Studies Association, the European Group for Public Administration, and the Institute for Local Governance for the North East.
The Group on Crime and Justice focuses research upon the nature and dynamics of criminal and ‘deviant’ behaviour by examining the context in which offenders operate and offending takes place. Research focuses on the activities of the powerful as well as the marginalised and reflects local, regional, national and global dynamics of offending behaviour. The Research Group on Crime and Justice also places an emphasis on legal, political, institutional and social responses to offenders and offending, and includes research work that examines crime reduction, harm minimisation, community safety, and measures to prevent re-offending and environmental crime.
The Group on Civil Society and Citizenship brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in exploring the shifting dynamics of the relationships between the theory, policy, practices and institutions of civil society and citizenship at local, regional, national, international and transnational level. Research interests cover the discourses and practices of citizenship; volunteering and the nature of voluntary action; and civil society institutions and actors. The Group is interdisciplinary and international in the scope, ambition and focus of its research. Funders and partners include the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Age UK, the Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteer Development Scotland.