Connected Lives Diverse Realities
We conduct sociological and criminological research that addresses real world issues, such as such as the digitalisation of society; racism; intersectionality; deviance, crime and criminal justice; violence; and policy development. We produce evidence and develop social theory about the connections among individuals, organisations, and communities and how these connections are shaped by geography, technologies, resources, perceptions, positionalities, and preferences. We also study how these connections shape individual and collective experiences. We have a wide range of methodological expertise, especially in combining of established and innovative methodologies, with specialist expertise in a range of qualitative approaches, quantitative and digital methods.
Our research directly informs policy making and service delivery, with a view to reducing social inequalities and enacting positive social change that makes a difference to individual’s lives.
Our research is organised into the following themes:
- Criminal Justice – Led by Criminologists the theme brings together researchers active in the broad field of deviance, crime and criminal justice to exchange ideas, work collaboratively and share our research with fellow academics, students, practitioners and policy makers. Current members represent a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, criminology, sociology, social policy, social work, policing studies, psychology, health, alcohol and drug studies, computer sciences, arts and media, nursing and law. The Criminal Justice theme has enabled members to collaborate on research projects, academic writing, and CPD work. We also deliver the MSc. Criminal Justice Process.
- Digital Society – With scholars from fields including sociology, criminology, and health, our focus is to interpret and creatively respond to the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing digitisation of industry, governance, and everyday life. Expertise in this theme relates to digital culture and (non)consumption, digital economies, digital games, digital health, digital methods, digital sports, the digitisation of work and theories of the digital society. Our members are involved in many international research networks relating to digital society and internet research, and have worked closely with numerous industry partners, which have included Salford City Council, the BBC, Purple Wifi, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Imperial War Museums, Camden Market, Alexandra Palace, the Royal Academy of Arts, and numerous others.
- Gender and Sexuality – Expertise in this theme relates to the sex industry, critical ‘modern slavery’ studies, women in the criminal justice system, motherhood, digital gender and sexuality, the gendered nature of violence, gender, social class and crime, gender and drugs, gender and poverty and gender and employment. Our work in this area is grounded in strong relationships with industry partners, which include: Public Health England, the BBC, the NHS, the Big Issue North, Criminal Justice Partners, and voluntary sector organisations such as the LGBT Foundation, Basis Sex Work Project and women’s support centres.
- Race and Ethnicity – This theme brings together criminologists and sociologists, as well as, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and those involved in grassroots community work. We are a synergetic network who exchange ideas, offer support, and engage in cross-collaborative work in the subject area of ‘race’ and ethnicity. Our main concerns relate (but are not confined) to understanding and seeking to progress work on racism and formal discrimination, racialised processes, cultural collectives, identity and belonging, and, equality and diversity. The team has expertise in policing and racism, Islam in prison, intersectionality (particularly race/class/gender), racism and social work and racism and youth leisure centres.