Citizenship Society and Justice

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Our work brings together expertise from a range of fields to address problems of citizenship and social justice. We engage with individuals, community groups, frontline service providers and policy makers to develop transdisciplinary research which identifies the complex chains of causality that produce social polarisation, inequality, disadvantage and exclusion. Using innovative methodologies we develop solutions that will make a positive and sustained contribution regionally, nationally and globally. Some of our most influential research is led by The Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, which works in the areas of civic renewal, sustainability and culture as well as at the interface between the public and private spheres, where violence and exploitation meet public systems of regulation and protection. A commitment to social justice has its counterpart in criminal justice where our Criminal Justice Partnership produces research in Mental Health; Policing; Prisons; Youth Justice and Violence and Aggression.

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Areas of Research Strength

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Applied Public Health

Research in applied public health at UCLan spans elements of health protection and health promotion, including nutritional science and food safety and healthy settings. As well as the contributing to the University Research Themes above this area of research strength also feeds into the Sustainability, Business and Enterprise and People, Place and Environment Themes. To find out more please contact Professor Nicola LoweProfessor Carol Wallace or Professor Mark Dooris.

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Business and Society

Business and Society draws together research which explores the wider impact of business activity upon the wider society, whether via cooperative and public management, research engagement and leadership development with the local SME business community, the efficiency of supply chains, local economic and social development in the form of the ‘Preston Model’, and national/international policy formation in response to Brexit.  To find out more please contact Professor Phil Whyman.

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Criminal Justice

Research in relation to criminal justice encompasses a broad range of disciplines from both within and outside the Faculty of Science and Technology, including policing, forensic psychology, forensic science, criminology, nursing, social policy, social work and law.  Much of this research falls under the remit of the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership, which is led by the Faculty of Science and Technology. To find out more please contact Jayn Pearson at JPearson2@uclan.ac.uk.

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Ethics and Justice

Justice, equity and fairness are values that humans have aspired to throughout the ages and globally. Yet, how to make research itself and societies at large fairer and more ethical requires sophisticated interdisciplinary work and sustained, long-term engagement with research beneficiaries.  To find out more about our Centre for Professional Ethics please contact Professor Doris Schroeder.

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Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy

Research in this area has a firm emphasis on scientific analysis and encompasses work on Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Genetics. To find out more please contact Professor Vicki Cummings.

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International Law

International Law includes studies of maritime law in the South China Seas, laws on piracy and smuggling, as well as new research into cybercrime. To find out more please contact Professor Keyuan Zou.

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Law

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Policing

The strategy for this area is to provide Evidence-Based Policing research by combining academic rigour with outcomes that directly impact real-world policing within the UK and internationally.   To find out more please contact Ian Palmer.

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Psychology

This area has a focus on addressing both theoretical and applied issues through evidence-based research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Key research strengths relate to the topics of Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology and Quality of Life, including the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Research Laboratory. To find out more please contact Professor Jane Ireland

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Social Work and Social Policy

Our research in social work and social policy is innovative and interdisciplinary, with a strong commitment to reflecting the realities of people’s lives and providing a foundation for development of policy and practice.  We are also closely involved with the Criminal Justice Partnership and lead in the area of Youth Justice. To find out more please contact Professor Aidan Worsley.

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In the News

HIGHER EDUCATION STAFF SUPPORT NEW LEGAL DUTY FOR UNIVERSITIES TO PREVENT AND RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT, STUDY SHOWS
UK universities are implementing new initiatives – but “significant barriers” are preventing further work to stop abuse from taking place, the study shows.

FORMER CHIEF CROWN PROSECUTOR BACKS CREATIVE INITIATIVE TO HELP ELIMINATE HARMFUL TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
British solicitor and former Chief Crown Prosecutor *Nazir Afzal OBE has given his backing to a new international essay writing competition, the results of which aim to help eradicate the physical, sexual and psychological health impacts of harmful traditional practices.

UCLAN PROFESSOR RECEIVES TOP INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR HER WORK ON CYSTIC FIBROSIS TREATMENT
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) professor has received a prestigious award for her work in the university and the local community to help patients with cystic fibrosis.

UCLAN IS FIRST UNIVERSITY IN EUROPE TO COMMIT TO HIGHEST ETHICAL RESEARCH STANDARDS ABROAD
University signs up to Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings.

PARENTING AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE GUEST SEMINAR
12 March 2020 Preston campus
We are delighted to welcome Professor Rebecca Macy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, to the Connect Centre, UCLan, on 12 March. She will be giving a seminar on Parenting and Intimate Partner Violence at 4pm – please see the flyer for details. This seminar is free, refreshments are provided. Practitioners, researchers, students and commissioners are all welcome. For more information and to book, please go to the event page.

 

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UCLan Research Institutes

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UCLan Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

Responding to questions concerning a sustainable future, relationships among individuals and communities, arts and culture, public institutions of health, welfare and security.
 

UCLan Research Centres

UCLan Research Centre for Global Development

UCLan Research Centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy

UCLan Research Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST)

UCLan Research Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise

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UCLan Research Themes

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