Social Science groups Social Science groups

Most Faculty research groups centre around a number of key themes. Click on the headings to find out more.

Adult Services

Organisational and legal frameworks, individual practice and citizenship rights of adult service users, and younger people in transition to adulthood.

Ageing and development

Population ageing and the condition of older people in developing countries.

Applied and Financial Economics

Finance and financial econometrics, macroeconomics and development, labour economics, economics of education and environmental economics.

Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics

Risk preferences, workplace norms, motivation, intra-household allocation norms, trust among kinship and envy.

Business, Accountability, Regulation and Development

The role of business in development addressing environmental, labour and human rights dimensions.

Business Relationships

The conceptual development and empirical testing of the link between business relationships and business performance.

Children's Services and Children's Wellbeing

Children at risk, pathways in health and social care, family placement, fostering and adoption.

Climate Change and Development

An interdisciplinary group including natural scientists such as biologists and ecologists, geographers and social scientists including ecological economists and political scientists. Research examines a range of climate change issues at international, regional, national and local levels.

Cognition and Individual Behaviour

The cognitive mechanisms that underpin individual behaviour including the role played by emotion, especially in clinical conditions.

Contract, Tort and Restitution

Restitution, property law, especially trusts and personal property security law, contract.

Company and Commercial Law

International commercial law and tort law, company law, banking and securities law, comparative law, finance and economics law.

Competition Law

Merger law and public enforcement, private enforcement of competition law and collusive behaviour.

Developmental and Relationship Psychology

Aspects of children's social and cognitive development including antisocial behaviour, moral development and children's understanding of scientific concepts.

Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment

Diversity and equality issues within work-related contexts.

EC and Comparative Law

Employment Law

Trade union law.

Environmental and Energy Finance

Carbon quantitative finance, energy finance and financial regulation of environmental and energy markets.

Equality and Fundamental Rights

Peaceful protest and public order, European human rights protection, anti-racial discrimination law

Evidence, Criminal Justice and Procedure

Restorative justice, victim participation in criminal justice procedures, the Law of Evidence, criminal appeals and judicial discretion in criminal procedure.

Experimental Economics

Developing, testing and evaluating theories of preferences and choice, and in investigating the role of information and of expectations.

Family Law

Child maintenance and children's rights, child sexual abuse, pre-nuptial contracts.

Gender and Development

The social and gendered dimensions of poverty reduction, inequality and social injustice.

Global Environmental Justice

Linkages between social justice and environmental change.

Health Policy and Practice

Ways that development settings and processes influence the health sector, whether at household and community level or in terms of health policy and practice.

Higher Education

Sociology of higher education communities and where higher education and social change intersect.

HIV and Development

The ways development settings and processes influence the course of the epidemic, and how HIV/AIDS in turn influence a range of development processes at micro-, sectoral- and macro-levels.

Industrial Economics

Theoretical and applied industrial economics, competition policy and regulation.

Intellectual Property and Media Law

Legal regulation of artistic expression

Land Resources

Soil, water and biological resources that provide ecosystem services to land-users and society.

Literacy and Development

Gender, religious literacies, language and education, minority literacies, numeracy practices, ICT and multi-modality, academic literacy, non-formal education and lifelong learning.

Mathematics Education

Teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Social, emotional and cognitive aspects of students' engagement in the secondary mathematics classroom. Mathematics in the primary years and secondary mathematics teachers' pedagogical and epistemological beliefs.

Medical Law

Parenting and Families

Understanding how changes in family structure, gender roles and employment patterns have transformed the nature of parenting.

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

Motivation, development of confidence perceptions, physical education pedagogy, engagement in sport with the homeless excluded.

Property and Confidentiality

Land law and Scots law.

Psychosocial Processes

The interplay between social life and personal experience.

Public and International law

Public International Law and Human Rights, Constitutional Rights in Southern Africa, French Law.


Competition policy, financial regulation and small firm insolvency.

Social Identities, Institutions and Justice

Social and relational understandings of human wellbeing.

Social Protection and Mobile Livelihoods

Social protection and the social and economic implications of migration.

Strategy Implementation

Hoshin Kanri and related research in strategy and performance management, strategic knowledge and innovation management, strategic intelligence, the use of executive information systems, and the implications of strategic scorecards on corporate governance.

Strategic Operations Management

The flexibility and responsiveness of the retailing sector and their suppliers.

Teaching and Learning

Research and evaluation which covers the broad spectrum of educational settings and curriculum subject areas.