Research projects

Staff in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law carry out cutting-edge social scientific work supported by national and international funding bodies. Here is a selection of recent research projects.

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Link to Zemiology - Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm. Zemiology - Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm

This book challenges the given dichotomies between crime and harm, and criminology and zemiology.

Link to Commemoration in Irish Everyday Lives. Commemoration in Irish Everyday Lives

Dr. Roisín Higgins (History) is a Co-investigator on this AHRC-funded project with University of Hertfordshire and Queen’s University Belfast.

Link to Aging Better Middlesbrough. Aging Better Middlesbrough

Dr. Alison Jarvis (Criminology and sociology) is working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council on a six year programme supported by Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery Funding.


Professor Georgios Antonopoulos (Criminology and sociology) is currently leading a work package in the European-Commission funded project on hate crime (HATEMETER).


Professor Nigel Copsey is currently collaborating in a leading work within the DARE Consortium, 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. Read more

Link to Fire-Setting in Cleveland. Fire-Setting in Cleveland

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.

Link to Development and evaluation of an 'exergaming' intervention. Development and evaluation of an 'exergaming' intervention

Targeting cardiovascular and quality of life outcomes in a deprived area of the North-East

Link to Fakecare. Fakecare

Developing expertise against the online trade of fake medicines by producing and disseminating knowledge, counterstrategies and tools across the EU

Financing of organised crime activities (FINOCA)

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.

An exploration of the social and cultural significance of the Yorkshire Ripper murders

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.

“Poor and content is rich and rich enough”? Pre-school and the remediation of child poverty within the 21st century neoliberal welfare regime

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.

A UK-US investigation of early education practitioners’ opinions about child poverty and its prioritizing within their practice

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).

Research Groups/Centres

  • Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Justice
  • English Research Group
  • Regional and Local History Research Group
  • Education Research Group
  • Health Behaviour and Relationships Research Group