Research course

Regulation, Governance and Policing

Open University · Department of Social Policy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in this area is active and extensive, and is located both within the Social Policy and Criminology discipline, and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG). Research interests include:

  • The historical development of welfare politics, policies and practices
  • The conflicts over future development of welfare states and systems
  • The modes of governing welfare and public services, including Foucauldian methodologies
  • The contested social relations of welfare
  • Histories of poverty, families and welfare
  • Regional social policy: devolution, nationalism and social policy.

We also have expertise in the area of globalisation, transnationalism and social welfare, focused both within the Social Policy and Criminology discipline, the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC). This is an interdisciplinary theme that focuses on how social relations, divisions and inequalities are constructed, manifested and contested through globalisation and transnationalisation processes.

Another core theme concerns the links between educational policy and society which deal with education, poverty, social class and/or identity, the democratic governing of education and the relationship between skills-based approaches aligning to models of corporate governance, and democratic representative models.

Expertise in this research area also includes urban policy, particularly as examined through the lens of poverty and problematised spaces, racial and other forms of exclusion. Research has also mobilised a critical engagement with the notion of community, whether this be the idea of sustainable communities, community mobilisation or parenting communities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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