Education, Business and Social Sciences

From classrooms to boardrooms to the streets. Schools, SMEs and Society.

A passion for the creation of a fair society where equality of opportunity exists for everyone is reflected in the scope and expertise of our social science researchers. Specialists in education, business, criminology, urban geography, law and sociology are united by an absolute commitment to research that champions social justice.

Education research is ranked seventeenth in the 2016 Complete University Guide and top-twenty for the number of researchers rated world-leading and internationally excellent. We have world-leading research in international business, innovation and enterprise. The impact of research on policy and practice in place management and entrepreneurship is outstanding. We are in the UK’s top 20 for sociology research into gender and sexuality, criminal justice policy, urban geography, equality legislation and consumerism.

Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Amongst the UK’s leading centres for applied educational research, 67% of research is rated internationally excellent or world-leading, with 100% of impact rated similarly. ESRI has outstanding research grants and publications, organises international seminars and offers several studentships each year. Strength in Early Years, Childhood and Youth Studies, Maths and Science Education including ICT, and the Theory and Methodology of Educational Research.

Ongoing research is funded by a range of funders including the Department for EducationESRCAHRC, the European Union and the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL).

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Research in Business and Law (RiBL)

RiBL co-ordinates research into people and performance, international business and innovation, enterprise with a focus on SMEs, policy modelling, retail, place, consumer change and law. Research develops theory and influences the practice of individuals, organisations, policy-makers and the wider economy. RiBL hosts the Knowledge Hub where researchers and ‘real world’ partners address key challenges facing business and society.

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Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences (RCASS)

RCASS produces high quality research that challenges conventional views about our place in the world. 67% of research is rated internationally excellent or world leading and we provide an interdisciplinary home for critical research that has policy impacts at all levels. RCASS includes expertise in policy evaluation, youth, football and its communities, urban geography, criminology and multi-media journalism.

Ongoing research is funded by, and includes partnerships with, a range of organisations including ESRCAHRC, the European UnionManchester MuseumGreater Manchester Police, the Ministry of JusticeHMP PrestonLondon Criminal Justice Partnership and Blackpool Council.

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Our Research