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School of Social Sciences

Research with impact

Our research evaluates and addresses both current and emerging societal challenges at a global scale.


Our research is focused around the following areas:

  • Data and methods
  • Elections, participation and governance
  • Global inequalities
  • Population change and ageing
  • Sustainable practices and climate change

Our school engages with practitioners, policy-makers, public / commercial clients in the North West and further afield.

We contribute to the University’s ‘Addressing inequalities’ and ‘Ethical grand challenges’ signature programmes by bringing together conceptual, policy-oriented and co-produced research.

Global inequalities research


Key examples include our work on class and participation, international employment policies and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Interdisciplinary research

Through targeted interdisciplinary research, we continue to build capacity to deliver social impact through engagement with local and international partners.

This includes targeted projects building on completed research such as our ongoing work on aircraft noise.  It also includes projects with local and national government, such as our work on nudge interventions.

A selection of our latest research with social impact can be found on our 'Research with impact' page.

Featured case studies: Inequalities