Welcome

Welcome

I am delighted to introduce the Manchester Metropolitan University┬┤s Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC).

RIHSC supports active researchers who were submitted to two units of assessment that were successful in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC) is a cross-disciplinary institute that brings together internationally recognised, innovative research in Health and Social Change, embracing the disciplines of Psychology, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Speech and Language Pathology, Social Work, Social Care and critical Social Science.

We reflect the demands placed on policy makers, employers and public services in the 21st century, through our integrated approach both to research and to the issues affecting individuals, communities and populations.

Strongly established and widely published in the field, RIHSC brings together an impressive array of R&D activity within MMU and across our extensive regional, national and international networks. The key strands of this work are:

  • innovations in health, psychology and social care
  • interdisciplinary research
  • critical disability studies
  • policy development
  • communication impairment
  • social change and wellbeing
  • critical theoretical social research
  • cognitive psychology

RIHSC’s work is characterised by the holistic approach we take to human experience. Work ranges from investigation into particular clinical interventions, through professional health and social care identity and practice, to more detailed critical discussion of wellbeing and social change.

To support these activities we work in partnership with external organisations to address and integrate challenges in allied health and social care, social inclusion, culture and community, individual, group and organisational behaviour and social insights.

Key to meeting these objectives are our collaborations with the international research community. We are strongly committed to forging successful alliances and collaborations that extend our prominence and influence.

Our collaborative ways of working as well as the results of our research have an impact on the policy makers, professionals, social care providers, housing associations, health managers and practitioners, employers, researchers and others, via the provision of the tools they need to enhance their work and ultimately to improve quality of life as well as via the critical insights that emerge.

Professor Carolyn Kagan
Director of the Research Institute

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