The Centre for Social Issues Research: Overview

The Centre for Social Issues Research: Overview

Mission Statement

The core aim of the Centre for Social Issues Research (CSI-R) is to promote theoretically informed and methodologically sound innovative social research that addresses contemporary social issues and informs social policy.

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We support and conduct robust, innovative and collaborative research that addresses contemporary social issues and shapes public policy and praxis.

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Our latest Issue Oct-Dec 2015

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The Centre for Social Issues Research (CSI-R) brings together faculty staff and students interested in how social roles, systems and processes impact on well-being and behaviour. It places particular emphasis on the role of social and political contexts on differences and division in society, particularly in terms of lived experience. For this reason we are interested in issues such as social support, social inclusion and exclusion, prejudice and discrimination, and their relationship to health and well-being.  Various strands of research focus on the health consequences associated with social roles, in particular related to social support and care-giving, the relationship of these roles to decision making, cognition and emotion, and how these process may facilitate adjustment and well being.  We use a vibrant and collaborative research approach to seek convergent evidence to enhance understanding of contemporary social ills and gains.

The CSI-R's mission is one that is committed to community based approaches to research. The CSI-R aims to work with statutory and non-statutory agencies directly to build evidence based practice as well as to undertake research that informs wider social policy. For example, the Centre has current and ongoing research partnerships with Limerick Regeneration Initative, the HSE, Pieta House, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. This Our aims is to contribute to local and national health and social care policy as well as to wider research knowledge base.