School of Health and Social Care

Our Research

Improving health and social care practice

We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields. 

Our staff have a wide range of research interests alongside their clinical and academic experience. Our research groups focus on four key areas of health and social care, giving us opportunities to make positive changes to healthcare environments, social work, and policy.

Our research is interdisciplinary, with our academics working closely with colleagues in the Department of Sociology, the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Language and Linguistics

Research groups

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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, PGR opportunities including research supervision and areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Highlights of our research

Research showcase

Our research has an impact on people's lives by helping to improve health and social care practice and policy. 

  • Depression: A couples' disease? - Depression can place huge strain on a relationship. The focus on the person with depression can lead the other party to feel unsupported, and excluded from their partner's care. Can better access to couple's therapy help?
  • Can we do more to support birth mothers after a child's taken in to care? - This interdisciplinary research project, led by the Department of Sociology, carried out a review of the Positive Choices service run by Suffolk County Council. The team also developed a new app to help social workers track the impact of such services.


Academics in our School have contributed The Conversation articles on hot topics in health and social care such as: 


Our academics have published books on aspects of healthcare practice and social care, including: 

Research services

We assist clinicians and external health and social care groups with various research and consultancy services.

Health and Care Research Service

We offer a wide range of research and consultancy services to local, national and international health care organisations, social care bodies and voluntary sector organisations. To find out more about this, visit our Health and Care Research Service.

Research Design Service

The School hosts the Essex regional office for the Research Design Service. Funded by the NIHR, this service provides support to researchers in health and social care, including advice on designing research studies, identifying funding sources, and involving academic collaborators and the public.

Contact us
Departmental Director of Research Dr Ewen Speed