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Aims and objectives



Engaging in critical social research that challenges the status quo.


Connecting our research into local, national and international contexts.


To carry out research that is relevant to and/or rooted in local communities. Doing research with communities, not on them.


A commitment to research that addresses issues of social inequality.


Ensuring that research has an influence outside of academia.


The inclusion of students in the Centre as researchers and also researching issues that impact on the student body/experience.


Based on these principles, the Centre will have the following objectives:


To develop critical social research


To engage with publics outside academia.


To engage students in the work of the Centre.


To coordinate a REF2020 submission for the Sociology UoA.


To raise the profile of sociological research at Birmingham City University.

The work of the Centre for Critical Social Research is interdisciplinary in nature and covers a broad range of subject areas and issues. The Centre is united by the core concerns and approaches to research that are listed above. Due to the range of expertise and focus in sociological research, the work of the Centre will be organised around clusters based on staff interests. The four clusters that will make up the Centre are:

The clusters are ways of coordinating research activity and interests; however, we envision them as working closely together in an interdisciplinary manner. There are a number of research projects and activities that will engage multiple clusters in the centre. The clusters will each have lead and indicative plans outlining activities that will feed into the wider strategy of the centre. For an outline of the clusters scope and activity see the appendices.


Centre membership  is open to any staff member, student or member of the public or other university who is interested in the Centre's work. A key aim is to reach out to the wider public and audiences, building externally as well as internally. The Centre will also make formal links with organisations and associations whose aims are in synergy and where productive collaborations can be developed.

To get involved in the CCSR, contact one of the cluster leads:

ClusterLead contact
Black Studies Dr Kehinde Andrews
Cultural Sociology Dr Gary Hazeldine
Higher Education and Society Dr Kehinde Andrews
Policy, Activism and Politics Dr Eugene Nulman