Established in 1990, the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental centre, initiating and supporting high-quality research of national and international standing. We aim to investigate and raise awareness on a range of social and public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on social justice. Using innovative methodologies, we produce evidence and provide cutting-edge analysis in order to contribute to academic debates, inform policy-development and make a real impact on local, national and international practice.
Our key areas of work are:
Over the past few years, the SPRC has been involved in a wide range of research projects funded by research councils, the EU, government departments and the major charities. We are building on this track record, continuing to attract research and KE funding and producing research outputs of outstanding international value.
Examples of recent and ongoing projects include:
Health, social, economic and cultural impacts of COVID-19 on migrant essential workers in the UK - 2020-2022 (PI: Prof Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow, Co-I's: Dr Kasia Narkowicz, Middlesex University, Dr Anna Gawlewicz, University of Glasgow and Dr Aneta Piekut, University of Sheffield). Funded by ESRC.
The project is a mixed-methods study mapping the impacts of Covid on Polish migrant workers in the UK and how it intersects with existing insecurities around Brexit and impacts plans to remain in the UK.
Gender, Justice and Security Hub - 2019-2024 (Necla Acik, Zahra Hussain, Sobia Kapadia, Janroj Keles, Cecilia Passaniti Mezzano, Neelam Raina)
This UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund project covers 32 projects across the globe and is coordinated by LSE with Middlesex University co-directing the Migration and Displacement stream. It works with academics, local and global civil society, and policymakers, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, and seeks to advance the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality; SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions; and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
PHS-Quality: Job Quality and Industrial Relations in the Personal and Household sector - 2018-2020 (Erica Howard, Eleonore Kofman). Funded by European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
The project studied from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective the existing public policies and social partners’ strategies towards personal and household services in ten EU countries.
Women’s lived experience of Holloway Prison – 2017-2018 (Carly Guest, Rachel Seoighe)
This project explores the impact of the closure of Holloway prison on the women imprisoned there, using interviews and focus groups. The research team includes research assistant Alexandra Phillips and the project engages with community groups and organisations working on women’s incarceration and community justice. The project is supported by Middlesex University’s School of Law small grants scheme.
RESL.eu – Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU - 2013-2018 (Alessio D’Angelo, Magdolna Lorinc, Neil Kay; Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield)
This 5-year EU-funded project aims to provide insights into the complex, diverse and dynamic trajectories of young people from school to training and into employment. In doing so, it aims to inform policy debates about education and employment policies at the local, national and international level. Involving 9 EU countries; the UK team oversees the quantitative research element.
EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations - 2016-2017 (Brad Blitz, Eleonore Kofman, Alessio D’Angelo, Nicola Montagna, Martin Baldwin-Edwards)
This ESRC/DFID-funded project explored the nature of migration flows across the Mediterranean and investigated the reception mechanisms in Italy, Greece and Malta. Undertaken in partnership with local NGOs, the project is informed by 750 questionnaires with migrants and a rich body of primary and secondary data.
DiverCity – 2015-2017 (Eleonore Kofman, Simon Harding, Erica Howard, Rachel Cohen)
This EU funded project maps multiple dimensions of LGBT-phobia in six small and medium-sized cities in five European countries, including Nottingham in the UK, in order to make visible the needs and lives of LGBT people as well as the discrimination and harassment they may face in different aspects of their lives.
Each year, the SPRC produces a wide range of academic outputs, including research reports, journal articles, edited volumes, and briefs for policymakers, practitioners and community groups.
Some recent publications:
Full list of publications by individual SPRC members are available on the Middlesex University Research Repository: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/
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March 2021 - Kasia Narkowicz: "Brexit, Covid and the hierarchies of Europeanness: Polish migrants in the UK". Watch here.
February 2021 - Rima Saini: "Decolonisation of quantitative methods pedagogy in political and social science". Watch here.
January 2021 - Nefeli Stournara: "Becoming Respectable: Material, Symbolic and Embodied Dimensions of Cleaning in the Time of the Pandemic in Athens, Greece". Watch here.
November 2020 - Necla Acik: "My grandfather’s return migration & current research on return". Watch here.
Members are active in a range of professional organisations, such as IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), of which Middlesex University is an institutional member and Eleonore Kofman is a member of the Executive Board; Anastasia Christou is a Committee member of the Gender and Sexuality Standing Committee of IMISCOE; Rima Saini is the Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association Race and Ethnicity Study Group.
Guest, Ahmet, Christou, Kofman, Peyrefitte, and Seioghe organised the ATGENDER Spring Conference 2020 held online on the theme of Caring in Uncaring Times with 300 participants from across the world.