Our commitment to social justice places impact at the heart of our interdisciplinary research culture. Through collaboration with a vast network of organisations, both public and private, that include key national and international, human-rights organisations and national police and prosecution services, our researchers have contributed to the development of new policies and practices that have benefitted people at risk all over the world. Our research has influenced changes in policy and practice across the world in a variety of settings, from legislation and reactions to different typologies of violent acts, to the promotion of new education practices that enable a greater civic development of young people and the protection of minorities and the rights of indigenous peoples.  

Amanda Holt’s research on adolescent family violence has produced a set of recommendations used by policymakers in the UK Government’s Home Office. The Government’s guidance on adolescent-to-parent violence and abuse was co-written by Amanda Holt, including its recommendations for practice. Amanda Holt’s recommendations have also helped to improve the design and practice of family interventions, both in the UK and in the USA through the training of practitioners and the development of risk assessment tools.

In collaboration with UNICEF, the World Bank, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, Bryony Hoskins' research has been adopted in the development of measurement instruments to assess the effectiveness of education interventions designed to increase active citizenship in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Life Skills and Citizenship Education Initiative in Tunisia


Aisha K. Gill’s research into domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence, and female genital mutilation in Black and minority ethnic communities has informed police, government and judicial policy, both nationally and internationally, including across Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Australia.

Countering 'honour' crimes and forced marriage


Jérémie Gilbert’s research on litigation as a tool to support the empowerment of indigenous communities has informed the litigation strategy in several cases concerning indigenous peoples’ rights; led to institutional-level changes in the policy and litigation strategy of international organisations whose work supports the rights of indigenous peoples; having also contributed to the adoption of new norms and global standards by the United Nations.

Ogiek community in Kenya