We are an interdisciplinary research centre, committed to using research to inform national and international public policy debate and to support professional practice. As well as conducting research, we organise seminars and research meetings, and run innovative policy-relevant teaching programmes. We are also interested in promoting and supporting research by, and in collaboration with, our students.
Scholarship in CPPR draws on a range of humanities and social science perspectives and methodologies. With particular strengths in sociology and applied philosophy, our work critically analyses and illuminates policy processes and effects in a range of global and local contexts and policy and practice settings. These include education, health and social care, youth work and the cultural sector.
The Centre’s research is organised around four overlapping research programmes:
- Equality and social justice
- Knowledge, values and ethics at work
- Governance, accountability and public service quality
- Children, youth and society.
CPPR sits within the School of Education, Communication and Society and the Centre's work also intersects with and informs the School’s overarching research themes of globalisation and identity; diversity, inclusion and social justice; professionalism and workplace practice; and curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.