Social Policy

Pathway Leader:
Rebecca Rees rebecca.rees@ucl.ac.uk

Team members:
David Gough david.gough@ucl.ac.uk
Jan Tripney janice.tripney@ucl.ac.uk

 

Pathway Institution Training Route 1+3 2+3 +3 +4
Social Policy UCL Evidence for Policy and Practice
UCL Social Policy and Social Research

 
Two ESRC training routes in Social Policy are available for a 2017/18 entry, both based at the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education:

1) Evidence for Public Policy and Practice
2) Social Policy and Social Research

 

Evidence for Public Policy and Practice is an interdisciplinary field of research concerned with the way research evidence is produced to inform decision-making in public policy and professional practice and the engagement of stakeholders in the production, interpretation and scrutiny of research. Its scope ranges across all the social sciences and all areas of public policy. In their PhD study, students could choose to focus on any substantive area, but would be expected to consider, possibly as part of a wider framework of analysis, the role of different approaches for systematically reviewing research literature, or the impacts of diverse stakeholder perspectives on research.

Social Policy and Social Research is an interdisciplinary field concerned with extending knowledge about how research interacts with policy and practice; both the direct use of research to make decisions and the broader assimilation of research ideas, concepts and theories into policy discourse and debates. In their PhD study, students could choose to focus on any area of social policy, but would be expected to consider, possibly as part of a wider framework of analysis, the interplay between research and social policy or professional practice.

1+3 or +3 studentships are available. 1+3 students will start their studies with either the MSc Systematic Reviews for Public Policy and Practice (Pathway 1) or the MSc Social Policy and Social Research (Pathway 2).