Research themes

The Centre for Poverty and Social Justice is a multi-disciplinary research centre at the forefront of research on poverty and social justice, and related issues including inequalities, social harm, crime and migration. Our research is theoretically informed, and policy focussed, aiming to improve our understanding and, as a result, inform policy to address the causes and consequences of poverty and social exclusion.  

Researchers within the centre have expertise in a range of methodological approaches and take both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.


Particular areas of expertise include:

  • multidimensional poverty analysis
  • understanding inequalities across the life course
  • labour markets
  • gender inequality and family structure
  • migration
  • criminal justice

Our research includes analysing changes in poverty in the UK, international comparative research and transnational analysis. We have active research projects in collaboration with a range of UK and international partners. Centre members have global research links with scholars in Europe, USA, Australia, Asia, South America and Africa.

Funding sources

Funding sources have included: 

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • British Academy
  • Nuffield Foundation 
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • OECD
  • central and government departments

Find out more about our research by exploring our  Centre research projects  and postgraduate research

UK Government Consultations

We are regularly invited to contribute to UK Government Consultations, for example, Fuel Poverty, Measurement of Child Poverty, Access to Quality Services for Children, and have been consulted by the OECD, UNESCO, UN, UNICEF, EU institutions and national governments in every continent.  

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