Social and Economic Research Institute

Social and Economic Research Institute

The Social and Economic Research Institute (SERI) is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to cutting edge, high quality and impactful research and innovation which addresses key social, economic and environmental challenges.

Our centres

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR)

CRESR researches the impact of social and economic disadvantage on places and people

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Centre for Development and Research in Education

Sheffield Institute of Education Research and Knowledge Exchange (SIRKE)

SIoE Research and Knowledge Exchange brings together experts in research, evaluation, knowledge exchange and professional development. We are statisticians, social researchers, curriculum designers, teacher trainers, and so much more.

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Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology

Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP)

CeBSAP applies psychological theory and behavioural science to solve real-world issues

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Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Expertise in criminal justice and applied international human rights theory and practice

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Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies

Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies

Interdisciplinary research to inform and shape policy locally and nationally

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Academic Departments

Featured Projects

Two men fixing a bike together

Talent match evaluation and learning contract

Examining the impact of a flagship youth employment programme in England

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A research project evaluating adventure learning

Evaluation of the adventure learning trial

Can adventure learning improve students’ skills, behaviour and academic results?

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People involved in the delivery pilot of a behavioural science research project

Doncaster behavioural insights work

Working with Doncaster MBC to explore barriers to physical activity

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HydroSpheres co-design landscape research project


Co-design for landscape decision-making: an AHRC research network

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Research into social mobility challenges faced by young Muslims

Social mobility of young Muslims

Young Muslims in the UK face significant barriers to social mobility

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Two women running along a path by a river

Public space for public good

Examining how green, blue and other public spaces are used and their health benefits

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People taking part in a yoga class

Project SAFE YOU

Fighting steroid use in sport using behavioural science

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British police officers on patrol

Police intelligence and data analytics

Examining privacy rights in criminal justice

Boarded up shop on the high street

High street of exchanges

How can we re-imagine high streets? Can we see them as places for caring and sharing?

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Sarah Pearson

Institute Director

Louise South

Institute Manager

Sarah Molton

Innovation Manager