Research

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.

Examples of recent and ongoing projects include:

 

Agility, Work and the Quantified Self – 2015-2016 (Phoebe Moore).
The project was funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme. Dr. Moore conducted independent academic research on the ‘Quantified Workplace’ study conducted in one company. 30 employees received devices to track their work and received workday lifelog emails asking them to rate their subjective productivity, wellbeing and stress. Visit the website

Divercity – 2015-2017 (Eleonore Kofman, Simon Harding, Erica Howard, Rachel Cohen).
This EU funded project maps multiple dimensions of LGBT-phobia in six small and medium sized cities in five European countries, including Nottingham in the UK, in order to make visible the needs and lives of LGBT people as well as the discrimination and harassment they may face in different aspects of their lives. Visit the website

EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations
2016-2017 (Brad Blitz, Eleonore Kofman, Alessio D’Angelo, Nicola Montagna, Martin Baldwin-Edwards).
This ESRC/DFID-funded project explored the nature of migration flows across the Mediterranean and investigated the reception mechanisms in Italy, Greece and Malta. Undertaken in partnership with local NGOs, the project is informed by 750 questionnaires with migrants and a rich body of primary and secondary data. Visit the website

Family Support and Children’s Services among Jewish communities in Barnet
2017 (Eleonore Kofman, Margaret Greenfields, BNU and social workers from Middlesex University).
The study seeks to obtain a better understanding of the diversity of Jewish populations in the London Borough of Barnet and their community organisations and networks and to explore the current needs relating to family support and children’s services and the use of statutory and voluntary sector services in relation to these needs.

Mining Generations: memories of the 1984-85 UK Miners’ Strike – 2017-2018 (Carly Guest).
Exploring narrative and memories of the UK miners’ strike through the accounts of children of striking miners. The project is supported by Middlesex University’s School of Law small grants scheme.

Opportunities for Young People – Evaluation
2015-2017 (Lisa Clarke, Alessio D’Angelo, Neil Kaye and, Lisa Overton, Aliya Mirza, Louise Ryan).
The project has been evaluating the work undertaken in the London Boroughs of Barnet and Ealing through the Transformation Challenge Award (TCA) to support young people who are highly vulnerable and at risk of not taking up education, employment or training (NEET).

RESL.eu – Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU
2013-2018 (Alessio D’Angelo, Magdolna Lorinc, Neil Kay; Louise Ryan, Univ. of Sheffield).
This 5-year EU-funded project aims to provide insights into the complex, diverse and dynamic trajectories of young people from school to training and into employment. In doing so, it aims to inform policy debates about education and employment policies at local, national and international level. Involving 9 EU countries; the UK team oversees the quantitative research element. Visit the website

Women’s lived experience of Holloway Prison – 2017-2018 (Carly Guest, Rachel Seoighe)
This project explores the impact of the closure of Holloway prison on the women imprisoned there, using interviews and focus groups. The research team includes research assistant Alexandra Phillips and the project engages with community groups and organisations working on women’s incarceration and community justice. The project is supported by Middlesex University’s School of Law small grants scheme.