Welfare and well-being
What does a welfare society look like, and what is needed for us to feel well? At the Faculty of Social Sciences, we study what affects people's well-being - from cradle to grave.
Our research is for example focused on the relationship between children and the key adults in their lives; from when they first bond with their parents and later with pre-school staff, to when they become teenagers and what is required for their well-being. The faculty's research is also concerned with the later part of life, namely ageing and how to provide effective care for the elderly.
Mental health and ill health, addiction and substance abuse and what is required to address these and other issues related to social vulnerability are important research fields for social scientists. So are issues relating to equality and equity and how these affect our lives.
Welfare policy itself and the professions that carry it out - in both public and private organisations and in civil society - are also important research areas.