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.
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 order to achieve this, we:
- support the development of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes;
- work in collaboration with colleagues to regularly update teaching materials;
- organise visits to and guest lectures from our national and international partners;
- provide internship opportunities at the SPRC and in NGOs and other organisations;
- offer CPD courses to our students and practitioners, including bespoke courses. This is also achieved through undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including the ‘Work Integrated Learning’ and the ‘Practicum in International Organisations’.
- build on existing Erasmus partnerships to offer international opportunities to our students and attract students from abroad.
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.
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.