Waterford Institute of Technology
School of Humanities
The Centre for Social and Family Research, established in 2003 in the Department of Applied Arts, is a practice minded research centre, committed to the pursuit of social care and social justice. The Centre brings together the teaching and research strengths of a strong multi-disciplinary team and benefits from a range of disciplines including; Sociology; Social Policy, Theology, Social Work, Early Childhood Studies and Psychology. The Centre draws on the Mission Statement of Waterford Institute of Technology which recognises the need to engage in research for the advancement of knowledge, the support of society and the enhancement of teaching. The Centre’s core objective is to conduct applied social research which will critically address current debates in Irish social policy and make a contribution to the development of policy. The Centre has developed very strong research links with key commissioning bodies and has real expertise in winning and publishing nationally commissioned research contributing to the development of public policy and practice. It is committed to enhancing good working relationships between the Institute and a variety of state and voluntary agencies and cultivating links with international academic partners. The Centre has been very successful in attracting funding for postgraduate research, mainly through the Strand 1 process, and have a significant record in the development in winning national recognition. Dissemination of research through the presentation of postgraduate work at key national conferences has been central to this. Staff have displayed a strong commitment to securing postgraduate funding in key areas of strategic research interest and expertise which include racism and ethnicity; changing nature of Irish families, child-centred research, religion, fathering, men and masculinities, parenting and fostering.