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The Department of Social Policy and Criminology is recognised nationally and internationally for its distinctive approach to teaching and research. We have a vibrant research culture, broadly drawing on critical constructivist and interdisciplinary approaches to both the study of, and research in, social policy and criminology, sustained through our commitment to producing scholarship and research.

The department has publications and research projects of national and international significance that can act as a catalyst for, and inform public dialogue on, critical issues in social policy and criminology, from the global to the local and everyday.

Many members of the department are actively involved in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) (where we lead or are actively involved in the research programmes of Families, Relationships and Communities, and Publics), the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) and Openspace. Research students are also encouraged to join these centres and to take an active part in the department’s supportive and collegial research culture.

Key facts

  • A thriving interdisciplinary environment
  • Wide range of research interests
  • PhD students are encouraged to take part in one of our research centres (ICCCR or CCIG)

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Dr Deborah Talbot
Email:
social-policy@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 654534

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.