About us

Established in 1990, the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental centre, initiating and supporting high quality research of national and international standing. We aim to investigate and raise awareness on a range of social and public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on social justice. Using innovative methodologies, we produce evidence and provide cutting-edge analysis in order to contribute to academic debates, inform policy-development and make a real impact on local, national and international practice. Our key areas of work are:

  • Inequality and discrimination
  • Migration and citizenship
  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminism
  • Labour, work, labour markets
  • Community engagement and activism
  • Research methods and data analysis

Research and Knowledge Transfer

Over the past few years, the SPRC has been involved in a wide range of research projects funded by research councils, the EU, government departments and the major charities. We are building on this track record, continuing to attract research and KE funding and producing research outputs of outstanding international value.

Our activities and funding strategy are first of all developed on the basis of our key research areas, the expertise of our members and the major current issues which face Britain, Europe and the world. With a reputation for high quality mixed-methods research, the SPRC also continues to provide a wide range of consultancy services, prioritising key local and international partners and topics which fit with our broader research strategy. Find out more about research projects here.


Each year, the SPRC produces a wide range of academic outputs, including research reports, journal articles, edited volumes, and briefs for policy makers, practitioners and community groups. Further information about the publications of individual SPRC members are available on Middlesex University Research Repository: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/

Teaching and Employability

The SPRC actively promotes the development of social policy, public policy and research methods teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. One of our priorities is to ensure that the research and knowledge transfer activities we undertake feed directly into Middlesex University programmes and offer opportunities for academic and professional learning for our students.  In addition, the SPRC supports postgraduate research students through supervisions and the delivery of master classes and workshops on research methods and subject specific issues. Find out more about our courses here.

In order to promote student engagement and employability opportunities, the SPRC also work closely with the university employability office (‘Middlesex-Works’) and with various student groups and association, including Middlesex University Criminology&Sociology student society.

Impact and dissemination

The SPRC promotes partnership work, stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange and runs high-impact events, including conferences, seminars and consultations. We are aiming to continue running a range of events, including conferences, seminars and workshops, in a coordinated manner with colleagues across the university. We are also going to continue with our tradition of developing toolkits and learning materials for a range of professionals, ensuring a direct impact on international, national and community practice.