Institute for Citizenship and Human Sciences

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:09:00 GMT

“...criminology to social care, psychology to childhood studies...”

Jim McAuley RESEARCH groups at the University of Huddersfield which have been probing many aspects of human behaviour and society are pooling resources and ideas as members of a new Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences.

Six research centres, covering fields that range from criminology to social care, psychology to childhood studies, are members of the IRCAHS, which was inaugurated at the University’s annual Research Festival.

The first director of the Institute is the sociologist Professor Jim McAuley [pictured]. “We think of the six research centres as vertical,” he said. “What we are trying to do is create more horizontal lines.

“We see the Institute as operating on much more thematic lines than the research centres and it will try to engage with other institutions,” he added.

Five post-doctoral researchers have been appointed directly to the IRCAHS. They have a variety of academic backgrounds, but their brief is to work across all of the areas covered by the Institute’s member groups.

There are several core themes to the Institute’s research, including citizenship in the twenty-first century; evidence-based development of health and social care; crime reduction practice and policy; plus social and political identities.

The Institute plans a Conference for 2013, plus some smaller-scale events.  Members contributed to the 2012 Economic and Social Sciences Research Festival in London and at the University of Huddersfield (3-10 November).

The IRCAHS member groups are:

  • Applied Criminology Centre
  • Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
  • Applied Psychological Research Centre
  • Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Research in the Social Sciences,
  • International Centre for Investigative Psychology 

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