The Centre is committed to researching and evaluating real concerns which impact on the lives of people and communities. Working from a broad public health perspective and with a range of organisations and partners, we want to engage in solutions to real problems both local and global, using innovative methods.

Much of the Centre’s research and consultancy is focused on contemporary health and social care issues and developments and contributing to social justice, inclusion, policy making, governance and service delivery.

The Centre attracts research funding from research councils, government departments, health authorities, regional and local government, charities and the voluntary sector.

Key features of our approach to research are:

  • Improving public health
  • Working in partnership
  • Multi-disciplinary and ethical practice
  • Action research
  • Developing individuals and communities
  • Integrating research into teaching
  • Evaluating effectiveness
  • Value for money

There is a direct relationship between the research undertaken in the Centre and the development and delivery of our courses. Conceptual and theoretical developments underpin work that is both applied and action research oriented. Our research informs teaching and provides up to date case study materials for use by students.

In addition, the Centre’s professors, readers and senior researchers take an active role in our teaching programme, bringing their current research into the taught modules and PhD supervision.

Further details about postgraduate and short courses.