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The Participation and Social Justice Research Group is made up of people from the School of Applied Social Science who have a strong track record of attracting funding for research.

All members share a commitment to participation, social justice and transformation, and a belief that all three should permeate the entire research process, from problem formulation to the drawing of conclusions to the use of the results. We do this through a commitment to partnership working and to the active involvement of people in decisions concerning their communities, services and lives.

We have a particular commitment to emancipatory and empowerment approaches to research and maximizing the involvement of community members, young people and service users.

 Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Youth Participation
  • Person centred services
  • Community and restorative justice
  • Carers
  • Participation and education
  • Public and patient involvement in research
  • Social capital and community cohesion
  • Partnership working
  • Health inequalities
  • International social work.


Notable Projects Include:

  • Supporting LGBT people with cancer (2012) as ESRC fundedknowledge exchange project in conjunction with Macmillan
  • Amplified Resilient Communities (2010-13) funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Consultancy for the Finnish Association of Caregiving Relatives and Friends on developing a Finnish National Carers Strategy (2011) Funded by Finnish Association of Caregiving Relatives and Friends
  • International social work research supporting social workers in UK and South Africa undertake joint research projects (2010-2011) Funded by Skills for Care UK
  • Shaping our Age, working in partnership with older people to enhance well-being (2009-14) Funded by the Big Lottery, in partnership with WRVS and Centre for Citizen Participation (Brunel University)
  • Evaluation of the Royal St. Lucian Police Force new recruitment programme (2009-11)
  • Standards We Expect, developing person centred support (2005-10) Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in partnership with Shaping our Lives, Centre for Citizen Participation (Brunel University) and others.
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