Tackling inequalities

This theme brings together researchers working across all three faculties at Keele to examine and explore the intersections of global, national and local change and the lives of individuals and communities.

How and why are people’s lives unequally patterned? What drives and sustains these inequalities and what is being/can be done to address them? What resources do people and communities draw on to maintain their advantages or to deal with and challenge disadvantage? These are just some of the questions that we seek to address drawing from our disciplinary and interdisciplinary research strengths in criminology, education, human geography, international relations, health, psychology,  literature, media and communications,  law, politics, sociology and social work.

There is a shared interest in developing innovative theoretical, methodological, pedagogical and policy-relevant approaches that recognise the complex dynamics between multiple forms of subordination that can negatively (and positively) impact individuals’ identities, life-chances and social mobility. Particular areas of our research expertise include: gender and sexuality; poverty and economic exclusion; migration and diaspora;   social vulnerability; health inequalities; dignity through life stages including KCAR; educational inequalities and mobilities;  youth;   mental health and wellbeing;  religion, race and identity, safeguarding, digital exclusion.   Our work is both locally rooted and we are making headway in terms of our research in global contexts.  We benefit enormously from long-established academic and community partnerships and we are keen to hear from individuals and organisations with an interest in any of our themes.