Research Areas

The central strategic priority area to which much of the activity in the College of Social Sciences and Law relates is Culture, Economy and Society.  The world’s major socio-economic problems are complex in nature, they are systemic in form, they are interconnected in expression, and they demand urgent attention by government. Our researchers investigate the impacts and consequences of public policies and explore the role, rights, and welfare of individuals in contemporary society and their changing perspectives on belonging, identity and citizenship.

As our school name implies, the School has a tripartite disciplinary focus which incorporates:

Social Policy (research focuses on welfare states in Ireland and internationally and in particular on: social security, housing, education, immigration, crime, health, family policy, private welfare, sustainable social policy and the environment, and disadvantaged neighbourhoods and groups, such as households in poverty);

Social Work (research focuses broadly on social work policy and practice, in particular on: health and mental health; child protection and well-being; drugs and addiction, anti- discriminatory practice; education and learning);

Social Justice (research focuses on equality, gender, care, sexuality and gender identity, human rights, social movements and social change strategies, and public policy).

Please click the tabs on the right for more information on each subject area.