At Brighton, our focus is on applied research that makes a real difference to people's lives. Where appropriate, we conduct this research in collaboration with our neighbouring communities to foster shared learning and benefit from 'real-world' input.
Working in this way enables us to form 'communities of practice', which are groups of people from academic and non-academic backgrounds who have a common interest in a particular field. Our areas of expertise include health, families, older people and disabilities, as well as LGBT and ethnic minority communities.
By its very nature, our work starts at a local level. But due to the success of some of the models we have developed, these are now being used in many other parts of the world.