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Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID)

The Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID) is a Research Centre located in the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Kingston University. Its mission is to produce strategic knowledge relevant to global problems by fostering multi-disciplinary research on social justice and how adversity impacts on individuals and their communities.

Since 2011, CResCID has established an international reputation for original research and policy-relevant knowledge. It has conducted a strategic programme of multi-disciplinary social scientific research (publication, dissemination, public events, knowledge transfer and user engagement activities), often in conjunction with external stakeholder groups - both academic and non-academic - in the UK and abroad.

CResCID facilitates policy, practice, user engagement and academic collaborations within the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (SLSBS), which encompasses the departments of Criminology/Sociology, Economics, Law, Politics and Psychology.

CResCID mission and objectives

A critical mass of researchers across the five departments of the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences share a concern with social justice and human and social development; within this remit, the centre's research broadly addresses three inter-related research strands:

  • Social justice, inequality and security.
  • Migration, economic development and international human rights.
  • Improving health and wellbeing across communities.

In line with its overall mission statement, CResCID's aims are:

  • Academic advancement: contributing significant new empirical data; reflecting and advancing theory, methods and multi-disciplinary understanding in social and behavioural studies; and building capacity among researchers and practitioners.
  • Informing policy-making and public debate: providing evidence and analysis to policy-makers and to the wider public that will inform policy-making and public debate.
  • Engaging with research users: establishing synergic relationships with individuals and organisations addressing social justice and inequalities, public health, government, business, international organisations, and third sector and civil society organisations.
  • Attracting and retaining the best scientists, staff and students by increasing the pool of diverse applicants for roles in the centre.
  • Attracting external research funding for research and to support PhD study.
  • Preparing our students to become leaders in an increasingly multicultural society and world.

To learn more about CResCID, follow us on Twitter @KUCResCID or contact the directors of the research centre, Professor Nicola Mai and Professor Muthanna Samara.

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For more information please contact the co - directors:

Professor Nicola (Nick) Mai

Dr Muthanna Samara

Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID)

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
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