Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law produces high impact research with 100% of the social policy submission rated as outstanding/very considerable in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) under this measure.

Our academics engage with partners from the public, private and third sectors at regional, national and international levels. Our work has impact on social policy and practice through a variety of means, such as project evaluation and knowledge transfer partnerships.

Tackling organised crime through the study of illegal markets

Research carried out by Professor Georgios Antonopoulos has convinced law enforcement agencies to adapt their practice and national and transnational policies to combat the organisation and effects of illegal markets of smuggling in migrants and tobacco.

Research findings from 2006-2010 have been incorporated into the training and practice of law enforcement officers and into national and transnational policy documents in Greece. They have also contributed to United States federal health policy and a national debate in New Zealand on tackling the contraband cigarette market.

Teesside's knowledge and expertise in this area is internationally renowned and advice on national and transnational policies is in demand by government bodies in Europe and America.

Shaping practice about worklessness and poverty

A series of studies with residents of very deprived neighbourhoods in Teesside has reached important conclusions about the realities of worklessness and poverty. Many of the findings run counter to prevailing thinking amongst politicians, policy makers and practitioners and have been used to influence the thinking and practices of organisations that seek to tackle problems of poverty and worklessness.

The research has informed political debate in the UK and EU, impacting on the democratic process, and has been used nationally and regionally to improve the way that problems of worklessness, poverty and 'the low-pay cycle' are understood and responded to.