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Policy, Activism and Politics

The cluster is essential as social policies at the regional, EU and international levels influence many aspects of our lives, including education, health, housing, domestic abuse and violence, and politics. A particular focus of the cluster is cross-national and comparative social policy and politics.

The cluster’s approach to research is methodologically pluralistic and interdisciplinary, and we include any topic that can be construed as relevant to the study of social policy and politics. The cluster will cover key debates regarding the impact of class, gender, disability and ethnicity on social policies and politics.

Birmingham Campaigning course

The Birmingham Campaign Course is a 6 month course led by anti-racist, environmental, trade union, anti-austerity and community organisers. Designed to turn activists into organisers, and build solidarity between movements.

Find out more on our Facebook page. Please note that this course is not run by Birmingham City University.

Cluster aims

  • To develop research that is rooted in social policy and is exploratory in understanding and reducing inequality within society.
  • To root research in current social policy with the aim to influence future social policy.
  • To promote partnership with the local community, building upon established relationships.
  • To build links with other universities and networks in the UK, EU and internationally.

Latest Research

Richard Hatcher has released his latest paper, "The West Midlands Combined Authority: Business dominance against local democracy ".

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Anawin Big Lottery project

Recently completed evaluation of the work, funded by the BIG Lottery, of the local women’s centre, Anawim.
Anawin Big Lottery project >>

Street to Home

Daphne Street to Home project

Investigating the housing and accompanying support needs of women at the highest risk of being victims of violence.
Daphne Street to Home project >>


Confronting homelessness in the EU

Project partners of the Daphne Street to Home project convened in Bergamo, Italy in October 2014 to present their findings.
Confronting homelessness in the EU >>

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Vicki Pryce speaks

A key events of the Daphne Street to Home project, was the UK Country Seminar. The guest speaker at the event was Vicky Pryce.
Vicki Pryce speaks >>