Faculty-wide research groups

The following research groupings bring together academics from across the faculty who are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to exploring themes of faculty-wide interest. To find out more, contact the Group Leads directly. Academics interested in initiating a new research grouping should contact Deborah Wilson, Faculty Research Director in the first instance.

 Ageing and the Life Course

Ageing of the population is one of the most significant changes taking place in societies today nationally and globally. Changing life course patterns have influenced health and wellbeing, retirement and pension income, family structure, and social, economic and political participation in society. Quality of life and wellbeing in older age are profoundly influenced by experiences, choices, opportunities, and constraints earlier in the life course...

Cultural Work

‘Culture’ and ‘Creativity’ have been core features of policy discourse for the best part of two decades, with creative industries often central to urban policy seeking to regenerate post-industrial cities. Within this context, creative workers have taken on a certain totemic quality: on the one hand they are viewed as exemplary agents, demonstrating resilience and flexibility, driving forward innovation and economic development; on the other hand, more critical voices emphasise the precarity, insecurity and poverty inherent in many creative careers, with some suggesting that creative workers are in fact a dystopian harbinger of future working practices for large swathes of the population...

Families and Parenting

The new Families and Parenting Research Group brings together academics interested in all areas of scholarship (including but not limited to): reproduction, the socialisation of children, parenting practices, variations in family forms, ethics and politics of parental rights and responsibilities, legal definitions of and interventions in parenthood...

Gender

The Gender Research Group brings together academics interested in scholarship on gender, broadly conceived. We seek to support events and collaborative activities that raise the profile of gender-related research within the Faculty and we welcome a range of methodological and conceptual approaches to the study of sex, sexuality, gender, feminism and feminist theory.

Global Political Economy

The Faculty Research Group in Global Political Economy brings together academics interested in a wide range of questions within a broadly defined field of global political economy. The remarkable nature of the field lies in its ability, over the course of the last two decades, to act as a catalysing force in reshaping the paradigmatic boundaries of social science. Analytically addressing the transformations brought about by globalisation by way of many theoretical and methodological frameworks GPE has underscored the need for the current disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries to be thoroughly transcended...

International Development

The International Development Group has been established as a thematically diverse - but theoretically and methodologically inclusive - group focused on the totality of problems that confront the developing world. Its membership includes colleagues from all of the Faculty's Schools. While linked to the Cabot Institute's International Development Group, the FSSL group brings together social scientists who work specifically on the problems of the social world...

Urban Research Cluster

The FSSL Urban Research Cluster aims to bring together scholars from across the University to encourage and support urban research, education and policy engagement. The Cluster serves as a focal point for information exchange, networking and communications, raising the profile of the excellent work already being done and facilitating the development of new initiatives. We welcome participation from academic staff, post-doctoral fellows, researchers and graduate students who take an interest in cultural, economic, environmental, historical, political and social aspects of urbanism anywhere in the world. We seek to facilitate networking and information exchange among members; to organise and facilitate events such as seminars, conferences, workshops and public lectures; and to support individual and collective research, from the conceptualisation stage through bid development, execution and publication.

 

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