The Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences (RCASS) at Manchester Metropolitan University brings together researchers belonging to the departments of Sociology, Geography, InfoComms and Languages. Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the aim of RCASS is to produce critically-engaged, high quality research that challenges common-sense ways about how we think about the world and our place in it.
The Centre provides an inter-disciplinary home for critical research that contributes to policy-making debates and decision-making, while genuinely impacting upon the work and strategies of local organisations and communities. This work builds upon the excellent result in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 in which 67% of the Sociology (UoA23) submission was deemed of 3 or 4* quality.
The Centre houses the work of The Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU), The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), the Manchester Q Step Centre and the Crime & Well-being Big Data Centre. Other areas of expertise include criminology, multi-media journalism and human geography. High quality PhD supervision is available in all these areas.
It is this combination of social scientific disciplines, expertise and a determination to shed critical light on the most important ‘real world’ issues of the day that makes RCASS what it is: a Research Centre designed to have a real policy impact at a local, regional, national and global level and one that isn’t afraid to make a bit of a ruckus along the way.