Centre for Critical Social Research

The Centre for Critical Social Research (CCSR) brings together researchers whose aim is to critically address challenges facing society and to critique policy agendas, working through new and innovative forms of practice. The new Centre aims to develop a tradition of critical social research that builds links to organisations, communities and movements outside of academia, in local, national and international contexts.

The Centre has a strong outward focus, both developing interdisciplinary links and collaborating with partners at local, national and international levels.

The work of the CCSR is coordinated through four research clusters:

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Black Studies

Rooted in the experiences of African Diasporic communities, Black Studies is committed to improving the conditions faced by communities locally, nationally and globally.
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Cultural Sociology

The Cultural Sociology cluster focuses on the empirical and theoretical study of a broad range of areas of culture and cultural forms, with particular reference to popular culture.
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Higher Education and Society

The Higher Education and Society cluster focuses on the ways in which the higher education community interacts with, affects and is affected by society around it.
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Policy, Activism and Politics

Social policies at the regional, EU and international levels influences many aspects of our lives, from education, health, housing, domestic abuse and violence, and politics.
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