Our Research

The School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences aims to contribute towards peaceful, sustainable and just societies through pioneering, original and transformative research, complimented by innovative communication strategies that increase public awareness and understanding.

Our research focuses on regions and professional areas, looking at the challenges associated with heightened forms of contention, the complex legacies of political violence, different forms of deprivation, marginalisation and persecution, achieving inclusive social and public policy, and innovations in professional practice that advance security, justice, social resilience, and the public good.

At the heart of our research strategy is the School’s applied approach to research. The questions asked, the methods used, and the outputs generated are frequently co-produced with stakeholders and practitioners, with a special emphasis on marginalised communities adversely impacted by different forms of exclusion and violence.

Our School aims to open up the development of academic knowledge to innovations in theory, knowledge and practice pioneered within community and professional settings – captured through co-designed research projects – introducing these social assets into academic fora in ways that help the social sciences make theoretical and analytical breakthroughs.

This is also critical to the University’s wider aspiration to be Northern Ireland’s civic university and its mission to widen participation.


INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland...

ARK – Social Policy Research

ARK is Northern Ireland's social policy information hub shared jointly by Ulster University and Queen's...

Centre for Public Administration

The Centre for Public Administration is an international leader in research that seeks to enhance...


Learn more about the staff members within Social Work and Social Policy Research.

PhD opportunities in Social Work and Social Policy

PhD opportunities in Social Work and Social Policy

Check our funded and self-funded PhD opportunities in Social Work and Social Policy.

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Research Themes

Centre for Youth Research and Dialogue

We are committed to knowledge exchange and to bridging the gap between policy and practice development....

Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Centre

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Centre at Ulster University brings together researchers for the...


As part of the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Politics and International Studies...

Social Work

Staff within the social work team at Ulster University are engaged in research with practitioners...


Our work focuses on issues in Ireland, the UK and internationally, bridging the gap between local and...

Taking Boys Seriously

The Taking Boys Seriously project proactively engages with young men, schools and youth groups to increase...

Transforming Communities through Social Action

This research theme is about promoting a community-based, problem-solving approach.