Social Research

We conduct a wide range of social research including:

Socio-economic aspects of international development 

Community recovery from conflict, utilisation of refugee skills in host countries, impacts of globalisation (Gill MillerRuth HealeyMartin Evans). 

Urban regeneration

The department offers an innovative work-based Masters programme ‘Regeneration for Practitioners', with related research/consultancy activity (Martin McNally).

Research projects

Reconstituting space in a post-conflict society: return and reconstruction in Casamance, Senegal

Dr Martin Evans (University of Chester)

This project, funded by the British Academy, explores how rural communities recover from conflict in the context of West Africa's longest-running civil war, in the Casamance region of Senegal, now some 30 years old. The research aims to understand the challenges faced by people returning to rebuild their villages and re-establish their livelihoods after years away.

Seeing the City Anew: Refugee Experiences of Manchester

Dr Ruth Healey (University of Chester) with Dr Jonathan Darling (University of Manchester) and Lauren Healey (Artist)

This research project explores the experiences of refugees living in Greater Manchester. It seeks to develop a participatory and creative methodological resource for research with refugees, whilst enabling the participants to share their experiences of the city through photography and oral narratives.


The role of The Gambia in the Casamance conflict

Dr Martin Evans (University of Chester) with Dr David Perfect (Visiting Research Associate at Chester) and Charlotte Ray (Coventry University)

This research investigates The Gambia’s involvement in the Casamance conflict from two angles. First, by examining historical ties and tensions between The Gambia and Senegal and how these shape relationships between the two countries today. Second, by considering the consequences for The Gambia of hosting thousands of refugees from Casamance.