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Members of SoFI carry out cutting-edge social scientific work supported by national and international funding bodies. Here is a selection of recent research projects.
Funded by Cleveland Fire Brigade, this contracted pilot research project will investigate the underlying reasons why the Cleveland region has the highest rate of fire-setting in England.
Targeting cardiovascular and quality of life outcomes in a deprived area of the North-East
A Joseph Rowntree Foundation-funded project has investigated the concept of intergenerational cultures of worklessness. Professor Rob MacDonald was part of a team of researchers from Teesside and Glasgow universities. The study aimed to critically interrogate the idea that worklessness becomes concentrated in families over time because of cultural outlooks, attitudes and behaviours that are passed down the generations.
Developing expertise against the online trade of fake medicines by producing and disseminating knowledge, counterstrategies and tools across the EU
Funded by the European Commission, this project addresses the under researched issue of the mechanisms and sources of financing for organised crime. Greater understanding of this issue can provide critical insights into how organised criminal networks operate.
Dr Louise Wattis has won funding from the British Academy to investigate the Yorkshire Ripper murders of the 1970s and 1980s. Dr Wattis believes that the socio-cultural significance of these murders has not been fully explored within social science research, both in relation to local communities and more widely. This project will investigate how the murders shaped fears, well-being, interactions with others, spatial and temporal movements and conceptions of place both retrospectively and contemporaneously.
Funded by the British Academy, this research investigated the global uptake a neoliberal ‘new politics of parenting’, which discursively constructs parents in poverty as the reason for, and remedy to, child poverty.
Funded by the Society for Educational Studies, this research extended the above project across England and to the United States of America (New York and Ohio).
There is a wealth of research projects taking place to further knowledge and make an impact on people's lives.
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Members of Social Futures Institute are involved in a range of research activities. You can view these in detail on each individual profile.
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Teesside's online research repository gives you access to the collection of peer-reviewed research and e-theses produced by members of the Social Futures Institute.
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