Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre

Our Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre specialises in building and shaping a better society by promoting applied social research focused on making a progressive difference to society, policy and practice.

What we do

The Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, led by Professor Alex Nunn and Professor Stephen Farrall brings together researchers from across the disciplines of Law, Sociology, International Studies, Criminology and Policing in collaborations that are designed to have real-world progressive impact. Our aim is to use research to shape and build a ‘better society’. We inform policy making, shape best practice and lead intellectual debates.

The Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre works across four areas of expertise:

  • Social policy, politics and society crime
  • Policy and society
  • Policing and criminal justice
  • International justice and legal ethics

Explore our 'better society' research

What can we do for you?

  • Commissioned research projects and services: we regularly undertake research commissioned by a range of funders such as international organisations, government departments, local authorities, police and criminal justice organisations and charities
  • Training and CPD: we offer professional development in research training - this can be as part of our new MRes programme in Social Sciences and Humanities or bespoke training to suit your needs
  • PhD programmes: We offer PhD supervision in relation to our four areas of expertise
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Thatcherism and crime

A major study by our Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre is looking at how economic and social policies impact on crime, focusing on the Thatcher and Major governments from 1979 to 1997.

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Our Better Society researchers

The academics in our Better Society team carry out unique interdisciplinary research. The have a range of expertise and industry experience.

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