Shaping social and educational policy

Informing policy-making to build a better society

Inequality, poverty, insecurity and resource depletion represent pressing challenges at all political scales from the global to the local. Policy makers in all domains including education and social policy must confront these challenges. Our research helps them to understand both the demands and the effectiveness of different policy responses.

Our work achieves real-world impact by informing policy at different scales and across a range of significant social and education policy topics. It focuses on the following areas:

Research Centres

Research on social and educational policy is primarily led by the Institute of Education and the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and within the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre. Our research cluster, Identity, Culture and Representation, challenges cultural values and social assumptions within society to benefit communities and to influence public policy.

Our latest social and educational policy research news

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Researchers find links between industrial decline and unemployment and offending and police caution rates.

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Academics invite public to discuss research into representation of women in biggest-selling magazines

New research suggests that the economic restructuring undertaken by the Thatcher governments in the early-1980s led to more school children ‘giving up’ on their studies, truanting from school and subsequently becoming involved in crime, often in to their adult years.

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Researchers at the University of Derby have found that introducing compassionate mind training to school staff significantly improves their mental wellbeing.  

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