Research GroupsA number of Research Groups are active within the School of Social Sciences, including:
This group has been functioning as a research group since Sept 2003. It has 55 members from several departments in the University, drawing its core membership from the School of Social Sciences. Our overall aim is to maintain, support and develop the diversity and quality of childhood research (theory, method and policy) within the School of Social Sciences and develop and strengthen research links with other research groups and departments in the field of childhood studies.
Since April 2010 the Crime and Justice Research Group has been incorporated into the inter-disciplinary Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice. This is a collaborative University Research Centre comprising School of Social Science criminologists and members of the School of Law with research interests in criminal justice and related areas.
Culture, Imagination & Practice (CIP) is a transdisciplinary research group that brings together the study of disciplines, institutions and everyday lives. Engaging with social science, social philosophy, cultural studies, psychosocial research, science and technology studies and feminist theory, CIP addresses the social and cultural resonance of new political formations, subjectivities and social movements.
The Education Policy Analysis Research Group seminar programme aims to establish an agenda for developing a coherent research strategy and set of research objectives, and to bring researchers together, from across SOCSI, who share an interest in these three research themes.
This research group provides a hub for staff and graduate students of the School whose research interests - empirical, methodological and theoretical - are correspondent with ethnographic and/or qualitative methods, and interpretive analysis.
The Global Political Economy (GPE) Research Group focuses on the broad areas of work and employment, education and learning, state and labour, regionalism and globalisation.
The Health, Well Being and Social Care thematic group (theme page) meets monthly to discuss research strategy, exchange ideas, present new research and host external speakers. Seminar events are open to everyone in the School of Social Sciences, other interested Schools and Research Centres as well as professionals working in the fields of public health, health care delivery and social care.
The Medicine, Science and Culture (MeSC) research interest group is organised by postgraduates and researchers to provide an open and flexible forum in which members can explore, debate, and critique emerging issues/contours in medical and scientific worlds
Information about the Risk, Interaction and Organisation research group, which draws upon a number of areas of substantive research within the School including medicine and health, environmental issues, social work and social administration, criminology, health & safety, transport safety, technology management, and education.
Information about the Sexualities & Gender research group at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, which brings together people interested and involved in research on sexuality and/or gender, primarily in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences but including, also, interested people from other schools and departments.
Several academics in the school are involved in research which is very relevant to social work practice, especially in the field of child welfare. Research projects have been funded by research councils, government departments and charities. There are close links between Cardiff academics and social work organisations and some researchers are involved in advising the Welsh Government.
The SOCSI/COMSC Research Network was established in 2010 and is committed to promoting closer collaboration between computer and social scientists in the context of a key area of innovation in social research.
Information about the SOCSI Social Theory Forum, which is committed to Symposia, debate, critique and dialogue; Exploration and investigation of established and emergent traditions of social theorising; The promotion of social theory across social sciences and beyond; and Theoretically engaged empirical research.
Subjectivity has been an important concept for academic research and for intervening in social and political life since the 1960s. This group addresses the interdisciplinary study of subjectivity across a broad range of topics and is active in developing ways of understanding, theorising and researching subjectivity. Alongside this, the development of psychosocial research, spanning as it does methods which owe much to psychoanalysis, discourse, phenomenology to the study of affect, brings exciting ways of thinking about research on subjectivity.
Work, Employability and Labour Markets (WELM) is a research group involved in leading-edge studies on globalisation, corporate strategy and the future of skills; graduate employability, recruitment and the labour market; workforce development and comparative skill formation; workplace learning; creativity, innovation and enterprise; and the future of work and careers.