Research course

Regulation, governance, policy process

Institution
Open University · Department of Social Policy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October

Course content

Research in this area is active and extensive, and is located both within the Social Policy and Criminology discipline. 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
  • The contested social relations of welfare, nationally and transnationally
  • Poverty, families and welfare
  • Devolution, nationalism and transnational social policy.

We have expertise in the area of globalisation, transnationalism and social policy. 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, and the relationship between skills-based approaches aligning to models of corporate governance.

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
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1908 654534