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Research Themes




The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for the conduct of social science research.


Our research achieves a distinctive identity through a combination of inter-disciplinary working, impact on policy and practice, and innovative methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative.


The quality of our research is obtained through:

  • Engaging in research that generates new concepts and theories for inter-disciplinary social science;
  • Innovating in method and methodology;
  • Conducting research that influences and impacts upon policy and practice in Wales, the UK and internationally;
  • Securing funding from a variety of sources, including RCUK, central and local government, Europe, charitable organisations and businesses.
  • Acting on the world stage through collaborations with major international universities and agencies;
  • Investing in the next generation of research scholars to nurture future research leaders for the Social Sciences.



Governance and Ethics

Information about our research ethics framework and guidance on the approval procedure


Policy and Impact

Evidence of how our research leads us to develop new ideas and methods that have an impact on policy and practice


Research Groups & Centres

The Research Groups and Centres are the engines for conducting inter-disciplinary research in the School


Funded Research

View details of our funded research projects, totalling approximately £5 million in external research awards per year



Read our Working Paper Series and work published in journals and books by academic staff



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