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Our research agenda

Defining the Field

Our academics are concerned with defining and shaping the new multidisciplinary field of Psychosocial Studies.

We are concerned with developing new theoretical paths on the fundamental relationality of our existence including the affective dimensions of social relations in every sphere of social activity.

We are simultaneously concerned with developing a cluster of methodological approaches that seek to apprehend the relational and affective dimensions of social life. We employ a wide range of innovative and more traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Psychosocial Studies researchers at Birkbeck are investigating important issues of social, political and personal concern such as violence and conflict; racism and diasporic experience and care and welfare with the hope of throwing light on both the socio-political sources and psychological investments that help to sustain them.

Engaged research

Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck is characterised by a deep commitment to addressing contemporary social, political and cultural concerns. We engage, for instance, with issues of social and political participation; in/equality, social justice and social policy; family and kinship; youth and ageing; higher education and professional development and mental health.

We work closely with many different non-academic collaborators in the UK and internationally, including civil society organisations, government bodies, parliamentarians and policy-makers, professionals and practitioners in mental health, social care and education, practitioners and organisations in the creative, media and hi-tech sectors, particularly artists, writers, curators, journalists and designers.






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.