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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Research Strategy

Research in the Economic, Social and Political Sciences is critical to understanding and addressing the key challenges facing societies, economies and governments today, from the global to the local. Social scientists at Southampton conduct world-leading theoretical, methodological and empirical research.

We are internationally recognised for excellence and innovation in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and an interdisciplinary approach underpins our reputation for high quality and high impact research. The significance and vitality of our research expertise has been acknowledged by our leadership of a number of important UKRI, EU and ESRC awards, including the Centre for Population Change (CPC) and the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), research projects on drone ethics, democratic innovation, trust in national and global governance, long-term migration patterns, high spatial resolution of poverty and inequality, the production of official statistics, generations and gender, and gendered health inequalities in Central and South America, as well as the award of an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership grant, where we lead the South Coast Partnership.

Within the University we make key contributions to interdisciplinary research activities and develop knowledge and solutions that address major global challenges. We lead and participate in strategic research groups in: Ageing and Lifelong Health, Population Health, Work Futures, the Web Science Institute and the Alan Turing Institute. In addition, we act as a centre of excellence for statistical innovations through the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI). Researchers from Economic, Social and Political Sciences are active partners in collaborations with colleagues across the University, including Engineering, Electronics & Computer Science, and Health Sciences, in existing and new successful major research awards. 

Outside of the University, we collaborate with a wide network of world class institutions and research partners across the globe, working together to address key social, health, environmental, economic, and political challenges. We will also have strong links with local, national and international policy and practice user communities. 

Our research strategy seeks to consolidate and build on our research expertise and achievements through a number of major priorities over the coming years:

19 February 2020

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8 March 2019

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Deepening and diversifying UK-India relations

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