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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group

 Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group

A research group of the School of Applied Social Sciences.

Aims and approach

The aim of the group is to undertake research that contributes to the development of policy, service delivery and practice in the social welfare field. Our research takes account of the competing values, ideologies and political contexts in which professional practice is carried out, with a particular focus on helping professional practitioners make sense of their work in a climate of constant change and challenge. Group members subscribe to a shared value base, which places emphasis on the empowerment of service users, communities and staff.

The group is firmly committed to a multi-disciplinary perspective, integrating perspectives from, inter alia, social policy, sociology, education, sport science, philosophy, history and public health medicine, utilising a full range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, according to the demands of the research questions posed.

Forthcoming meetings:

Tuesday 12th February 2015 from 12.30 until 14.00, room 113, 32 Old Elvet

Please note the change from our usual room in 29 Old Elvet.

 Our two presentations are from:

  • Yalda Afzali speaking on the findings from her doctoral researching into discrimination in academia in Afghanistan;
  • Josie Phillips presenting on the subject of talking to young people about sensitive issues.

 The next date for the PPC research group is May 12th, 12:30-14:00

Contact Details

32 Old Elvet