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Policy Research Units

Policy research units

There are currently three policy research units within the Policy Institute at King’s. From social care and higher education to media and political communication, they conduct research into a broad range of issues.

The Social Care Workforce Research Unit

SCRWU has been conducting research into issues relating to the social care workforce in England since 2002. The Unit exists to develop research knowledge and to disseminate the findings to policymakers, service providers, employers and social care service user and carer groups. The Unit is core-funded by the Department of Health in England and has close links with policy, user and practice communities across social care. Policy engagement is embedded throughout its research, training and expert advisory roles.

The Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power

The Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power explores how news provision, political communication, public discourse, civic engagement and media power are changing in the digital age. They do this through rigorous empirical research, and communication of the findings of this research to inform relevant academic and public policy debates and civic society responses, in order to help promote diversity, fairness, transparency and accountability in media and communication.

The International Centre for University Policy Research

ICUPR is concerned with higher education as a global system and as a key driver of 21st century society. It focuses on major policy issues such as the rising real cost of higher education and the appropriate role of government in a period of mixed public and private funding. ICUPR research projects draw on national and international data sets and the unit is building a network of international collaborators.



Policy Research in Science and Medicine (PRiSM) was a policy research unit established by the Policy Institute at King’s and RAND Europe which ran from 2010 to 2016.

To find out more about its work, visit the RAND Europe website >


The International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) was a policy research unit in the Policy Institute at King’s until July 2017, when it became part of a King’s College London spin-out company, Ridgeway Information.

Read the archived content relating to ICSA here >

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