About the Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research environment

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, conducts internationally excellent research on contemporary social issues.

We are a multi-disciplinary School committed to addressing current societal challenges through interdisciplinary work, enabling greater knowledge exchange and research opportunities with academic and public stakeholders.

Our research interests are wide-ranging and include the disciplines of social policy, criminology and criminal justice, sociology, social work, youth studies and education, history, english studies, creative writing and psychology.

Our collaborations range from partnerships with major universities and international agencies around the world, to working with local policy makers and practitioners supporting them to evaluate and understand the impact of their work. Our staff have secured external grant funding from sources including the British Academy; European Commission; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; as well as a range of other regional, national and international partners.

Our core objectives are to:

  • conduct internationally excellent research in the social sciences, humanities and law and disseminate findings
  • conduct research that has demonstrable cultural, economic and social impact
  • further knowledge and inform and shape debates relevant to contemporary social issues and public policy.

Research Centres and Groups

Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Justice

The Centre for Crime, Harm and Security builds on existing research excellence within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law and across the University. It draws on an existing network of national and international partners to seek solutions to two overarching research concerns: organised crime, crime and harm prevention and security. We work in close collaboration with the Cyber Security Research Group and have combined interests in analysis of human behaviours in relation to security, network security, data analytics for security and privacy, analysis, prevention and intervention of cybercrime (including non-financial and financial crime), and policing in cyber-crime.

Research activities and current projects:

HATEMETER - Professor Georgios Antonopoulos (Criminology and sociology) is currently leading a work package in the European Commission funded project on hate crime. This aims to enhance knowledge on anti-Muslim hatred online and increase the effectiveness of NGOs/CSOs in preventing and tackling Islamophobia across the EU, through the development of digital platform to support counter-narratives and awareness raising campaigns. Find out more

DARE - Professor Nigel Copsey is currently collaborating in a leading work within the DARE Consortium on a collaborative project funded by the European Commission working across 13 European countries to broaden understanding of radicalisation and to explore its effects on society. Find out more

More about the Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security

Research groups include:

News and events

We run a weekly seminar research series throughout the year, and host an annual conference. For details please see