The issue of balancing social control with social justice is a pivotal issue for society, and our research in this cluster addresses a range of substantive and methodological issues and conceptual debates surrounding that balance. With our focus on sites of social inequality and discrimination, we aim to meld theory and practice, and in the process, unite colleagues researching multiple dimensions of social inequality, including class, race and ethnicity, and gender, in order to systematically examine issues critical to contemporary social justice.
The work of the cluster is propelled by an awareness of the upsurge in inequalities associated with neoliberal governance. We seek to draw on a range of intellectual currents, and the cluster encompasses research which includes politics and power, global inequalities, the culture of criminal and community justice, the cultural and economic dimensions of globalization and international relations, and the way in which inequality is leading to social change, political contestation and elite attempts to manage social and political destabilization.
We aim to explore diverse topics and will apply empirical and theoretical methodologies to assist our analysis of how contemporary politics and culture have frequently come to be rooted in inequalities. Public engagement and impact are key aspects of our work, and we aim to disseminate our research to a wide audience.
- The effects of arts and performance based interventions on Looked After Children. Principal Investigators: Alex Nunn and Tamsin Bowers-Brown. Co-Investigators: Thomas Dodsley, Charlotte Hargreaves.
- Impact of the Arts on Educational Engagement and Desistance from Offending through Summer Arts Colleges. Principal Investigator: Charlotte Hargreaves. Co-Investigator: Thomas Dodsley.
- Community Projects and Young People from Roma communities in Derby. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn. Co-Investigators: Baris Cayli, Thomas Dodsley, Charlotte Hargreaves.
- UN Global Compact Baseline Research in Derby. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn. Co-Investigator: Joel Klaff.
- Social Mobility via non-standard recruitment to Policing Degrees. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn. Co-Investigators: Mark Flint-Freel, Phil Hodgson, Julie Berry.
- Children in International Relations: Images, Representation and Curriculum. Principal Investigator: Helen Brocklehurst.
- Care policies and practice in SE Asia. Principal Investigator: Sung-Hee Lee.
- The Sociology of Violence, gangs, mafia and gender. Principal Investigator: Baris Cayli.
- Drugs and Youth Culture. Principal Investigator: David Patton.
- The Corbyn Effect, Youthquake and New Precarities. Principal Investigator: Phil Burton-Cartledge.
- The representation of equality and social mobility in University Access Statements. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn. Co-Investigators: Dan West and Kiran Singh.
- The New Politics of Inequality and the IMF. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn. Co-Investigator: Paul White.
- Social Mobility, Inequality and Social Reproduction. Principal Investigator: Alex Nunn.
- Civil Wars and Regional Powers. Principal Investigator: Francesco Belcastro.
- Right Wing Extremism. Principal Investigator: Andrew Wilson.
- Neo-liberal penal and probabation policy. Principal Investigator: Mike Teague.
The Inequality and Social Justice team