Staff in the School of Social and Political Sciences play leading roles in research centres, groups and projects.

  • Rural Visions is a collaboration of researchers at the University of Lincoln with a focus on improving understanding of rural places.

  • Following Young Fathers Further is a four-year longitudinal study — led by Dr Anna Tarrant and funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme — exploring the parenting trajectories and support needs of young fathers.

  • Domestic Violence and Forced Marriage research project was originally designed to improve the outcomes for victims/survivors of forced marriage by conducting the first comprehensive study of Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs) in order to generate recommendations for improving preventative and protective responses to forced marriage.


Elected Bodies - Representation and Participation

Professor Hugh Bochel, School of Social and Political Sciences

Professor Bochel's collection and analysis of Scottish local election results came about because there was no other official source. The data collected proved extremely useful, and is now used by the Electoral Commission, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish government.

Prof Bochel and his colleagues were able to use the information to consider how people were elected as councillors, and how they progressed to becoming council leaders. Those findings then fed into a growing body of thought that assesses how ordinary citizens can have a say, and get their ideas into the political process.