The Social Science Policy and Research Centre (SSPARC) undertakes applied social science research which is both theoretically and methodologically robust and which seeks to engage critically in public debate on a range of emerging and contemporary policies and practice-based issues.
Our research is often interdisciplinary, combining insights from sociology, psychology, social policy, politics, criminology, social work, counselling and psychotherapy.
Our research is undertaken collaboratively with agencies, organisations, groups and individuals, both in wider society and the local community, to ensure that our research has relevance and impact beyond our centre.
We work closely with the University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP), creating sustainable partnerships that provide an enduring benefit to local communities and to the university.
Research in SSPARC covers three broad and overlapping research areas:
- Care, health and wellbeing;
- Crime, resistance and security; and
- Culture, identity and society.
SSPARC offers a vibrant research culture for staff and students alike, providing a supportive environment where researcher development is nurtured and new and early career researchers are encouraged.