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Institute of Applied Social Research


About the Programme

 The Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR) is home to three research centres – The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care (TGC), the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation and trafficking (IC) and the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime (VC) – and three interdisciplinary research groups which focus on forced migration, substance misuse and ageing and building resilience and wellbeing in the helping professions. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 78% or our research was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are recognised for our knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
• Undertaking applied research and evaluation, to inform policy and practice and the delivery of social care and multi-disciplinary services
• Engaging Participant Expert by Experience Researchers in the design and conduct of studies
• Evaluating strengths-based practice to improve social work practice (e.g. motivational interviewing and systemic practice)
• Safeguarding children and young people from child sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse
• Contextual safeguarding
• Research with children looked after and young people negotiating the transition from care to adulthood
• Empirical studies of youth crime and victimisation, policing, the operation of the youth justice and community safety services
• Establishing new ways of understanding the complexities of migration and trafficking
• Understanding the extent of alcohol-related harm and exploring what alcohol treatment approaches work best with older people who misuse alcohol.


Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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