Empowerment and Social Justice Research Area

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The Empowerment and Social Justice research area within the ARU Centre for Societies and Groups (ARU-CSG) is a group of qualitatively-focused scholars working toward social change, social justice, empowerment, and overturning the marginalisation of disenfranchised groups.

We undertake collaborative and applied research that makes a real difference to people’s lives through understandings of the self and processes within social environments, with impacts on public policy, pedagogies, and professional identities.

We take an action-oriented approach to our work with a range of non-academic partners, such as health and social care services, third sector organisations, service-user groups, and industry. We offer courses on applied qualitative research methods to both academics and non-academic audiences wishing to conduct research in their own organisations. We work with a wide range of organisations, communities, and individuals, consulting on research practices and methods.

Current topics of research include improving mental health and learning disability services, evaluations of social media and digital technologies, extremism and prejudice, inclusivity in sport coaching, abuse and duty of care in youth sport, and men’s health and masculinities.

We offer a Psychology PhD and a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.