Our key research themes are indicated below under each of our Research Centres which are:
We welcome applications for postgraduate research related to any of the themes listed below. We strongly advise that you discuss your proposal with academic staff before applying, using the contacts listed below who will also be able to direct you to other academic staff as appropriate. You can also find out about staff working in topic areas by following the links for each Research Centre below or by searching for individual staff and topics within the University’s research portal.
The Applied Criminology and Policing Centre (ACPC) undertakes quality research that is of practical use to police and other criminal justice professionals, policymakers and security service personnel. Our research, enterprise and consultancy services seek to advance the understanding of crime, its reduction and prevention, alongside its policing and detection. Our research is effectively communicated through academic and professional publications, conference presentations, teaching and professional training.
We are particularly interested in postgraduate research applications in the following areas:
Nudge psychology is an increasingly popular approach to reducing different policing related problems. Further research is welcome which explores how it can be applied to other areas of policing and crime prevention.
Although research on investigative decision-making by police has increased in recent years, there is still a paucity of research exploring how criminal investigators make decisions in real time. Research exploring different aspects of police decision-making (e.g. use of discretion, investigative decision-making) is welcome.
Contact: Dr Jason Roach
Self-Selection Policing (Roach,2007; and Roach and Pease, 2016) is an approach by which active, serious offenders, are identified by specific minor offences they commit. Research advancing the development and application of the Self-Selection Policing approach is welcome.
Designing out and preventing crime are key themes of the ACPC. Research focusing on designing out crime and/or promoting prosocial behaviour is welcome.
Contact: Prof Rachel Armitage
Research in the field of green criminology, particularly that focusing on nonhuman animal harm, wildlife crime and conservation. Projects may take a criminological, enforcement or socio-legal perspective and multi-disciplinary studies involving other Schools within the university are also welcomed.
Contact: Dr Mel Flynn
Research in any area of counter-terrorism is welcome, particularly that focusing on countering and preventing radicalisation and risk and threat assessment.
Areas in which the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research welcomes applications for postgraduate research:
The centre has a long-standing reputation for cutting edge research in child protection, in particular in reimagining child protection and family support. We are therefore particularly interested in critical perspectives on, and development of, thinking in relation to policy and practice that can make a difference in the real world. We therefore welcome proposals for post graduate study in the following areas:
Main contact: Prof Brid Featherstone
The Centre has an international reputation for research into interpersonal violence and abuse including child sexual abuse and exploitation, sexual offending, domestic and gender-based violence. Interests are focused on understanding better the underlying causes of abuse and violence in the context of interpersonal relationships, socio-cultural drivers as well as preventing violence and implications for policy and practice, sex offender reintegration, and education programmes including the innovative use of pro-social games to generate awareness, empathy and non-adversarial conflict resolution skills among young people. Project proposals are welcome that contribute to these key areas:
Main contact: Dr Bernard Gallagher
The child and family health and well-being group focuses on research that supports and understands the social, physical, emotional and psychological health needs of children, young people and families across interdisciplinary groups to promote health and well-being. Specific research interests focus on reproductive and maternal health, breastfeeding, community-based health care support / health visiting, child and adolescent mental health, the voice of the child in health care decisions, shared decision making and support for children with long-term conditions. We welcome applications for post graduate study in the following three key areas:
i) Infant and maternal health and well-being and health visiting
Breastfeeding, Midwifery, Intrapartum care/labour ward
Main contact: Dr Joyce Marshall
ii) Children and acute pain care
Proposals for studies looking at the following would be welcomed: strategies for improving pain care including involving children and parents in assessment and decision making; aspects of consent and refusal amongst children, and the contribution of children’s rights perspectives in health care setting. Studies looking at how nurses/practitioners develop and maintain competence would be welcome.
iii) Studies exploring family-centred care in neonate/child settings;
Main contact: Dr Jacqueline Vasey
Recent developments in child and youth participation have given rise to a broadening of focus beyond more conventional ‘political’ participation and decision making contexts to embrace participation in everyday life contexts and new forms of youth participation such as activism, alternative social movements and self organised activities. These in turn ask questions about citizenship education and how young people develop agency as active citizens. We therefore would welcome applications for studies that contribute to developing discourses in any of the following areas interest:
New forms of political participation, alternative styles and spaces of youth participation, youth activism (in particular what motivates young people), youth campaigning, discourses of youth empowerment, intergenerational dimensions of participation and adult-child/youth relationships to participation, the role of social media, young people and urban counter cultures, participation in new social movements, youth sub-cultures and participation, self-organising and autonomy in everyday contexts, young people’s involvement in protest movements, children and young people as researchers and children and young people’s involvement in local planning and decision making.
Main contact: Prof Barry Percy-Smith
As a result of austerity, increasing house prices and changing labour market conditions transitions to independent living are becoming ever more problematic for young people. This poses particular problems for young people who are socially disadvantaged or excluded such as care leavers and young people who under achieve in school, single mothers etc. and gives rise to increasing numbers of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Applications are welcome for studies that extend understanding of the experiences and realities of young people who are NEET and their transitions to independent living and labour market participation. We particularly welcome studies that intersect with issues of mental health and the use of novel qualitative and ethnographic approaches as well as studies that contribute new understandings about innovative interventions and professional roles.
Main contact: Prof Barry Percy-Smith
As an applied research centre our focus is on research that makes a difference in the real world to services and in the lives of children and families. We are particularly interested in participatory approaches to evaluation and development both with professionals as well as involving service users as experts by experience. We particular welcome post graduate study in the following areas:
Main contact: Prof Barry Percy-Smith
Areas in which the Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity welcomes applications for postgraduate research:
We would welcome applications to explore new research agendas focusing on youth democratic engagement and participation, democratic education, voting age reform, and intergenerational modes of citizenship. Of particular interest are the radicalisation of Higher Education, and the potential to explore the impact of constitutional reform, devolution, and Brexit on how young people form and express civic identities and how this influences and shapes youth citizenship and youth activism.
Contact: Dr Andrew Mycock
Our staff have internationally-recognised expertise in the fields of terrorism, political violence, extremism and conflict resolution. We welcome proposals that address topics such as: the dynamics of political violence and terrorist groups; radicalisation and counter-radicalisation policies (including in the higher education sector); religion, ethnicity and conflict; Islamophobia; conflict resolution and peace processes (especially in Northern Ireland/Europe); and collective memory in conflict and post-conflict societies.
Contact: Prof Jim McAuley
We would welcome applications to explore new research agendas in the (emerging) areas of rights, equality, and (youth) citizenship and public engagement. Of particular interest are social diversities including age, generation, gender assigned at birth, sex (including intersex), sexual identity, race and racialisation, ethnicity, social class, and (dis)ability, and feminist/feminism studies.
Society is currently witnessing a proliferation of gender and sexual identities and social understandings of these. At the same time, key areas of challenge regarding gender and sexuality remain, including issues of gender, transphobia, and feminisms. We welcome applications regarding these or related areas within the broad umbrella of ‘identities and sexualities’.
Contact: Prof Surya Monro
Following recent scandals around sexual abuse/grooming of children and young people (CYP) and ongoing concerns over the perceived sexualisation of CYP, we would welcome applications to explore new research agendas in the broad fields of children, young people and sexualities.
This research could explore:
Â· How, when, or if, CYP should learn about sex, relationships and/or sexuality.
Contact: Dr Jo Woodiwiss
This theme will focus on the relationship between Brexit and social and political identities. The aim is to examine the extent to which the leave/remain binary enters into identity construction, and the ways in which it is informed by other social identities such as age and class.
Contact: Dr Andrew Mycock
We welcome applications that explore key contemporary issues, including experiences of ageing, intimacy and relationships, wellbeing, illness, and death and dying, as well as experiences of conflict and crime. Of particular interest are the ways in which key aspects of social life are understood, talked about, represented, and ‘narrated’ from the perspective of individuals with personal experience of these. The theme is broad and applications are invited to explore the issues outlined and/or others of interest.
Contact: Prof Surya Monro
The Centre for Applied Research in Health welcomes applications for postgraduate research in:
This theme is concerned with supporting self-management for people with long term physical and mental health conditions, and common health problems such as depression, anxiety, and muscular skeletal problems. The research could take place in various settings, such as hospital, community, occupational health, primary care, and mental health services.
We are particularly interested in applications which include understanding how people manage their health problems, how services and professionals can support self-management and the role of peer support. We would also be interested in proposals which look at the health and well-being benefits of community-based projects.
Theme lead: Professor Mike Lucock
This theme is concerned with the work-health relationship, exploring how to reduce sickness absence and work loss from common health problems. We are particularly interested in applications improving the links between health and employment systems, and knowledge exchange research aimed at reducing the evidence-policy-practice gap.
This theme focuses on person-centred care, which recognises the individual as a ‘whole’ person with a unique set of values, preferences, beliefs, concerns and expectations. This approach to healthcare forms the foundation of health professional practice. The research we do centres upon healthcare provision for adult patients living with long term conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
We would like to invite prospective students to join our team to help us to identify evidence-based approaches that encourage and enable patients, and those close to them, to become more involved in their healthcare. We also welcome students who want to study patient and family ‘experiences’ of healthcare (primary and secondary care) and apply these to drive improvements in health services.
This theme is concerned with the impact of physical activity (including sport, exercise and recreational activity) on physical and mental health and how we can better promote physical activity. We take a collaborative approach and work with many different academic and practitioner partners including YOHPAKE (Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange).
We are interested in applications which are focused on enhancing health through physical activity, in particular novel physical activity interventions for older populations, such as walking football/netball.
Theme lead: Dr Kiara Lewis
In collaboration with the University’s Institute for Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention we also invite applications for research related to wound care.
Wound care continues to be an important area in healthcare and remains a major clinical, financial and patient burden. An estimated 2.2 million patients are thought to be living with a chronic wound (Guest et al, 2016) contributing to a related annual healthcare cost estimated at Â£5.3 billion (Guest et al, 2015). A significant amount of this expenditure is associated with the cost of delayed healing wounds and in particular, the cost of treating Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs), particularly surgical site infections (SSIs), which has been estimated to represent a further Â£1 billion (Guest et al., 2015). We work with a range of industry partners and NHS organisations to deliver innovative research, which has a specific focus around key areas of wound care including biologics, infection prevention and treatment, the applications of metrology, innovations of assisted technologies and patient experience and health outcomes, including Health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The importance of staff education and training is also integral to our work.
Theme lead: Professor Karen Ousey
The Centre for Applied Psychological Research welcomes applications for postgraduate research with our academic staff researching in a number of areas:
Researchers in this topic area study the neural, cognitive, and behavioural components of learning, thinking and decision making. This is applied to phenomena such as face recognition, learning and memory, lie detection, addiction, spatial cognition and mental imagery.
People working in this topic areas investigate the psychological aspects of care, therapy, and well-being, including mental health and mental disorders, health behaviour and forensic mental health.
Researchers in this area investigate a wide range of criminal and forensic psychology phenomena, including psychopathy, criminal social identity, restorative justice practices, and the justice process, offender profiling, modelling crime, deviant/atypical sexual expression, including serial offending and murder.
4) Development through the lifespan
Our developmental psychologists study cultural differences in development, music and dementia, and transitions between life stages (for example moving from school to university).
Our social psychologists apply a range of methodological approaches to investigate topics such self-perception and self-esteem, gender and sexual identity, mental toughness and resilience, and the relationship between nature and wellbeing. A particular focus is how individual subjectivity and experience are framed by cultural and societal factors.
If you are a University of Huddersfield graduate applying under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship scheme you should obtain the written support of two members of academic staff before applying. These should be people whose research is relevant to one of the research themes above and who would have the capacity to supervise your proposal. Applicants for the ps or for self-funded study are strongly encouraged to contact staff in advance of an application but are not required to obtain their written support.