Our Research

The School of Social Science and Public Policy is committed to socially-relevant, interdisciplinary and critically-informed research that engages with policy and practice. This commitment has been recognised in REF2014: the latest national assessment of research quality with 74% of our research being judged by the Social Work and Social Policy panel (UoA 22) as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We were also ranked 1st in the sector for our research environment.  This excellent result reflects Keele’s rich interdisciplinary traditions with staff from Criminology, Education, Gerontology, Health Policy and Governance, Human Geography, Social Work and Sociology, all contributing to the final outcome.