Social Justice Research Group

The Social Justice Research Group is hosted by the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol.  We research contemporary social issues following a dynamic, funded research strategy designed to achieve ‘real world’ impact. 

Our membership is multi-disciplinary with a common focus on creating innovations and solutions for contemporary societal challenges. Our research spans a broad definition of social justice including social welfare, social enterprise, social capital, social equality and social opportunity.

Our research streams

Our current work spans four complementary activity streams. Our current areas of interest include:

  • artificial intelligence, big data, risk and prediction in social care
  • development of multi-jurisdictional measurement methodologies and ‘dashboard’ development for use in social care monitoring
  • identification of inequalities arising from individual and group vulnerabilities
  • theoretical and empirical work concerning the consequences and unintended consequences of State powers, duties and interventions.


The Group’s Director is Professor Lauren Devine. Our members have expertise in law, economics, psychology, criminology, health, social history, big data, artificial intelligence and statistics. Our members have held grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, and several UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Grants.

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