School for Policy Studies

  • BS8 1TZ

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Our research

  • examines policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life ranging from housing and neighbourhoods to health care, family policy to social justice, health inequalities to domestic violence, child welfare to social care for older people, poverty to social work, governance to criminology.
  • influences and challenges policies implemented by governments and institutions by looking at issues such as how we organise services for children and families, provide housing and health care for older people, develop our cities and neighbourhoods, and how effectively we provide social care and services for the vulnerable.
  • investigates the issues, factors and attitudes underlying the social concerns that make our headlines every day: the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, migration, domestic violence, forced marriage, out-of-hours GP services, mental health services, how we apply criminal justice, the rise in obesity and less active lifestyles.

Main areas of research:

  • Adoption and foster care
  • Ageing
  • Cities, housing and neighbourhoods
  • Child and family welfare
  • Criminal justice and social harm
  • Determinants of nutrition and physical activity
  • Health and social care
  • Inter-professional practice
  • International social and public policy
  • Mental health
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • Social work practice and education
  • Violence against women and gender-based violence

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    Research Output

    Experiences of the Sex Industry

    Mulvihill, N., 2022, (In preparation) Policy Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    Working With Children Who Have Experienced Neglect: Good Practice Guide

    Sharley, V. & Rees, A., 1 Oct 2022, (In preparation) CoramBaaf.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    From Social Harm to Zemiology

    Canning, V. & Tombs, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


    Student theses

    (Un)healthy prison masculinities : theorising men's health in prison

    Author: De Viggiani, N. P. A., 2003

    Supervisor: Payne, S. (Supervisor) & Doyal, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Access and equity in the school’s marketplace: the case for random allocation in secondary school admissions

    Author: Richardson, J. D., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Watson, D. L. (Supervisor) & Harris, P. R. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Social Science (DSocSci)


    A Critical Evaluation of the Implementation of SCR 1325 on Gender Equality of UN Peacekeeping

    Author: Phumessawatdi, P., 5 Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Michel, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)



    Alumni Distinguished Career Award

    Fox, Kenneth R (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Blue Peter Badge

    Fox, Kenneth R (Recipient), 1976

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Bristol PLUS Award

    Vega Salas, Maria Jesus (Recipient), 19 Jun 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    External examiner of PhD viva

    Angeliki Papadaki (Examiner)

    29 May 2020

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Childhood Obesity and Poverty Seminar

    Maria Jesus Vega Salas (Speaker)

    25 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    TNOC West Africa Policy workshop

    Gernot Klantschnig (Organiser)

    9 Mar 202010 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course