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Our research

Birkbeck is at the forefront of the development of the new interdisciplinary field of Psychosocial Studies. We carry out critical and socially engaged research across different subject areas such as:

  • violence, trauma and conflict
  • ethics, care and welfare
  • family and kinship
  • class and urban multiculture
  • racism and ethnicity
  • diaspora and migration
  • gender and sexuality
  • youth and ageing
  • social movements, citizenship, policy and participation
  • art and culture
  • learning and higher education
  • social and psychosocial theory
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • postcolonial theory
  • feminist and queer theory
  • psychoanalytic psychotherapy and group analysis
  • social and psychosocial research methods

Research in the Department of Psychosocial Studies was ranked 13th in the country in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The Department of Psychosocial Studies was part of Birkbeck’s Sociology submission, in which 71% of research was found to be 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). In terms of 'impact', 90% of our research was awarded 4* or 3*.

The Department of Psychosocial Studies is an Institutional Founding Sponsor of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, the learned society established in 2014 to promote the development of the field. Sasha Roseneil is the current Chair of the APS.