Centre for Applied Sociology Research

Centre for Applied Sociology Research

The Centre for Applied Sociology Research brings together and consolidates research strengths in social policy, sociology, social work, politics, health care, education, human geography environmental geography. It is the lead research group for the University's REF2021 submission to UoA20 Social Work and Social Policy.

Let Our Legacy Continue

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Group leader

Tracey Reynolds

Professor of Social Sciences

Tracey's teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting & youth studies, and she has established international recognition within these fields of expertise.

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Research activity

About us

We take a critical and applied sociological approach to addressing and understanding the everyday lived social realities of diverse marginalised groups in societies at local, national, international and transnational levels. We aim to produce original, cutting edge and 'real world' research that will enable a deeper understanding of the social world we live in, and inform policy, practice and the wider public.

We are especially committed to multi-disciplinary research bringing together, and showcasing the research of other academic staff across the University with related interests in areas of applied sociology, social and public policy research, in order to provide a forum for collaboration, knowledge transfer and exchange of ideas.

The main research strands of the inter-disciplinary research group are as follows:

  • Citizenship and participation
  • Social inclusion, health and wellbeing
  • Cultural and educational communities
  • Methodological innovation (with primary focus on creatre, arts-based and auto/biographical methods for grassroots community activitism)

The Applied Sociology Research Group welcomes enquiries and applications from those interested in full- or part-time study for MPhil or PhD research-based degrees in the above areas.

Related research

Explore the university's other research in this discipline.

Let Our Legacy Continue

Join us throughout Black History Month for Let Our Legacy Continue, a month-long exhibition co-created by the Caribbean Social Forum, University of Greenwich Galleries, the Applied Sociology Research Group, and the Drama Theatre and Performance Research Group. Click to learn more about the exhibition and to order your ticket today.


Pentaris, Panagiotis and , Tripathi, Khyati (2020), Religious/spiritual referrals in hospice and palliative care, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Religions 2077-1444 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100496) Published.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2020), ‘Whoever holds the scissors wields the power’: An auto/biographical reflection on my ‘Hairstory’, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Women's Studies International Forum ISSN: 0277-5395 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2020.102405) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , Christodoulou, Panayiota (2020), Knowledge and attitudes of hospice and palliative care professionals toward diversity and religious literacy in Cyprus: A cross-sectional study, Mary Ann Liebert. In: , , , . Mary Ann Liebert, Journal of Palliative Medicine ISSN: 1096-6218 (Print), 1557-7740 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2020.0011) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , Jacobs, Lucy (2020), UK public’s views and perceptions about the legalisation of assisted dying and assisted suicide, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying ISSN: 0030-2228 (Print), 1541-3764 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222820947254) Inpress.

Elliott-Cooper, Adam , Hubbard, Phil, Lees, Loretta (2020), Sold out? The right-to-buy, gentrification and working-class displacements in London, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, The Sociological Review ISSN: 0038-0261 (Print), 1467-954X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026120906790) Inpress.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2020), ‘Studying in this England is wahala (trouble)’: analysing the experiences of West African students in a UK higher education institution, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Studies in Higher Education pp. 1-12 ISSN: 0307-5079 (Print), 1470-174X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1723528) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Mann, Sally and , (2019), Conducting a walking interview to explore pathways out of persistent and recurrent homelessness, Feantsa. In: , , , . Feantsa, European Journal of Homelessness pp. 179-193 ISSN: 2030-2762 (Print), 2030-3106 (Online) (doi: https://www.feantsaresearch.org/public/user/Observatory/2019/EJH/EJH_13_2/2019_Vol13_No2_ResearchNote-2.pdf) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Sidorenko, Ewa and , (2019), ‘A Portrait of Lower Silesia’: Researching identity through collodion photography and memory narratives, SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Methodological Innovations pp. 1-13 2059-7991 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2059799119890787) Published.

Morris, Craig and , (2019), Medicinal cannabis users downplaying and shifting stigma: Articulations of the ‘natural’, of what is/is not a ‘drug’ and oppositions with ‘chemical’ substances, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Sociological Research Online pp. 350-368 ISSN: 1360-7804 (Print), 1360-7804 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780419870814) Published.

Mann, Sally and , (2019), Making it count: learning from a knowledge exchange with voluntary sector workers and software providers, and data from auto/biographical reflection as an activist academic, Sage. In: , , , . Sage, Methodological Innovations pp. 1-9 2059-7991 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2059799119889570) Published.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2019), 'Educated and Educating as a Black woman’ - an auto/biographical reflection on my grandmother’s influence on my academic and professional outcomes, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Gender and Education ISSN: 0954-0253 (Print), 1360-0516 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2019.1632811) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Mesarič, Andreja and , Vacchelli, Elena (2019), Invoking vulnerability: practitioner attitudes to supporting refugee and migrant women in London-based third sector organisations, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies ISSN: 1369-183X (Print), 1469-9451 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2019.1635002) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , Mehmet, Nevin (2019), Attitudes and perceptions of paramedics about end-of-life care: a literature review, Mark Allen Healthcare. In: , , , . Mark Allen Healthcare, Journal of Paramedic Practice pp. 206-215 ISSN: 1759-1376 (Print), 2041-9457 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.12968/jpar.2019.11.5.206) Published.

O’Neill, Maggie , Erel, Umut, Kaptani, Erene, Reynolds, Tracey (2019), Borders, Risk and Belonging: challenges for arts-based research in understanding the lives of women asylum seekers and migrants ‘at the borders of humanity.’, Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture pp. 129-147 ISSN: 2040-4344 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/cjmc.10.1.129_1) Published.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2019), 'Livin and Learnin’, Tellin stories, Challengin narratives: Critical reflections on engaging students from marginalised groups in staff research activities, Educational Development, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Educational Development, University of Greenwich, Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich ISSN: 2044-0073 (Print), 2044-0081 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v12i1.951) Published.

Elliott-Cooper, Adam , Hubbard, Phil, Lees, Loretta (2019), Moving beyond Marcuse: gentrification, displacement and the violence of un-homing, Sage. In: , , , . Sage, Progress in Human Geography pp. 492-509 ISSN: 0309-1325 (Print), 1477-0288 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132519830511) Published.

Elliott-Cooper, Adam and , (2019), “Our life is a struggle”: respectable gender norms and black resistance to policing, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Antipode pp. 539-557 ISSN: 0066-4812 (Print), 1467-8330 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12497) Published.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2019), A constructive analysis of the formation of LGBTQ families: Where Utopia and Reality meet, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET). In: , , , . World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET), International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences pp. 60-65 ISSN: 2070-3783 (Print), (doi: https://waset.org/publications/10009964/a-constructive-analysis-of-the-formation-of-lgbtq-families-where-utopia-and-reality-meet) Published.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2018), The cultural context of dying: Hawai’ian death conceptions and the gender divide, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas. In: , , , . Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas, Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research pp. 104-111 ISSN: 2350-7756 (Print), 2350-8442 (Online) (doi: http://www.apjmr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/APJMR-2018-6.4.13.pdf) Published.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , Thomsen, Louise L. (2018), Cultural and religious diversity in Hospice and Palliative care: A qualitative cross-country comparative analysis of the challenges of healthcare professionals, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying pp. 648-669 ISSN: 0030-2228 (Print), 1541-3764 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222818795282) Published.

Dines, Nick , Montagna, Nicola, Vacchelli, Elena (2018), Beyond crisis talk: Interrogating migration and crises in Europe, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Sociology pp. 439-447 ISSN: 0038-0385 (Print), 1469-8684 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038518767372) Published.

Reynolds, Tracey and , Open University (2018), Migrant mothers: Performing kinwork and belonging across private and public boundaries, Policy Press. In: , , , . Policy Press, Families, Relationships and Societies pp. 365-382 ISSN: 2046-7435 (Print), 2046-7443 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674318X15233476441573) Published.

Morris, Craig and , (2018), ‘You can’t stand on a corner and talk about it …’: Medicinal cannabis use, impression management and the analytical status of interviews, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Methodological Innovations 2059-7991 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2059799118768422) Published.

Huitsing, Gijs and , Monks, Claire P. (2018), Who victimizes whom and who defends whom? A multivariate social network analysis of victimization, aggression, and defending in early childhood, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Aggressive Behavior pp. 394-405 ISSN: 0096-140X (Print), 1098-2337 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21760) Published.

Pentaris, Panagiotis , Papadatou, Danai, Jones, Alice, Hosing, Georgina (2017), Palliative care professionals’ perceptions of barriers and challenges to accessing children’s hospice and palliative care services in South East London: A preliminary study, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Death Studies pp. 649-657 ISSN: 0748-1187 (Print), 1091-7683 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2018.1430081) Published.

Reynolds, Tracey and , Zontini, Elisabetta (2017), Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Global Networks: A journal of transnational affairs pp. 418-436 ISSN: 1470-2266 (Print), 1471-0374 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185) Published.

Matthews, Stephanie , Haseeb, Haris, Patterson, Jennifer, MacDonald, Bridget (2018), Medical humanities in practice, BMJ Publishing Group. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group, BMJ ISSN: 0959-8138 (Print), 1756-1833 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5114) Published.

Elliott-Cooper, Adam and , (2019), The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Ethnic and Racial Studies pp. 2445-2463 ISSN: 0141-9870 (Print), 1466-4356 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1367020) Published.

Vacchelli, Elena and , (2018), Embodiment in qualitative R research: collage making with migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women, Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Qualitative Research Journal pp. 171-190 ISSN: 1443-9883 (Print), 1448-0980 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794117708008) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2017), ?We all Black innit??: Analysing relations between African and African-Caribbean groups in Britain, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Sociological Research Online pp. 1-14 1360-7804 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.4265) Published.

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise and , (2017), Telling a different story: The effect of parenting on the academic and professional achievement of 24 British-Ghanaian high flyers, SAGE Journals. In: , , , . SAGE Journals, Power and Education pp. 1-17 1757-7438 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757743815600292) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Macmillan, Lorraine and , (2019), The child soldier in North-South relations, Oxford University Press. In: , , , . Oxford University Press, International Political Sociology pp. 36-52 ISSN: 1749-5679 (Print), 1749-5687 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2008.00062.x) Published.


Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2018), Religious Literacy in Hospice Care: Challenges and Controversies, Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, London and New York (1st) ISBN: 9781138477957 (doi: https://www.routledge.com/Religious-Literacy-in-Hospice-Care-Challenges-and-Controversies/Pentaris/p/book/9781138477957) Published.

Book section

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2019), Working with loss through the lens of culture and faith, Cognella. In: , , In: Beth Counselman-Carpenter, Alex Redcay (eds.), Working with grief and traumatic loss: theory, practice, personal self-care and reflection for clinician. Cognella, San Diego, CA, UK (1st) pp. 153-157 ISBN: 9781516542178 (doi: ) Published.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2019), Religion, belief and spirituality in healthcare, Wiley. In: , , In: Sarah Gehlert, Teri Browne (eds.), Handbook of Health Social Wor. Wiley, New Jersey, NJ (3rd) pp. 279-302 ISBN: 9781119420729 (doi: ) Published.

Patterson, Jennifer and , (2019), Acute pain is sexy and chronic pain is not: representations, language and transformation, UCL Press. In: , , , Encountering Pain: Hearing, Speaking, Seein. UCL Press, London (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Patterson, Jennifer and , (2019), Menstrual hygiene management and sustainable development, Springer. In: , , , Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Wan. Springer, (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

McKinely, Emma , Acott, Tim, Stojanovic, Tim (2019), Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning, Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee (eds.), Maritime Spatial Plannin. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 151-174 ISBN: 9783319986951 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98696-8_7) Published.

Acott, Tim G. and , Urquhart, Julie (2019), Co-constructing cultural ecosystem services and wellbeing through a place-based approach, Springer. In: , , In: Derek S. Johnson, Tim G. Acott, Natasha Stacey, Julie Urquhart (eds.), Social Wellbeing and the Value of Small-scale Fisherie. Springer, Cham, Switzerland pp. 23-43 ISBN: 9783319607504 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60750-4_2) Published.

Patterson, Jennifer and , (2017), Refiguring risk in medicine and healthcare: Crafting wild narratives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. In: , , In: Alan Bleakley, Larry Lynch, Gregg Whelan (eds.), Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts: Dangerous Current. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge pp. 10-25 ISBN: 9781443898881 (doi: ) Published.

Macmillan, Lorraine and , (2019), Militarized children and sovereign power, Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: J. Marshall Beier (ed.), The Militarization of Childhood: Thinking Beyond the Gloal Sout. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA pp. 61-76 ISBN: 9781349296804 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137002143_4) Published.

Conference item

Pentaris, Panagiotis and , (2019), The role of belief in dying, In: 41st Annual Conference Association for Death Education and Counselling, 9-13 April 2019, Altanta, GA , . , (doi: ) Published.

Mann, Sally and , (2019), The NewDay Project: Sociological reflections on recurrent and entrenched homelessness and its possible solutions, In: Methodological Innovations, 1 April 2019, University of Plymouth , . , (doi: ) Unpublished NB Item availability restricted.

Edited book

Patterson, Jennifer and , Kinchington, Francia (2019), Body talk in medical humanities, whose language?, Cambridge Scholars. In: , , , . Cambridge Scholars, (1st) ISBN: 9781527534735 (doi: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/body-talk-in-the-medical-humanities) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Patterson, Jennifer and , (2018), The Association for Medical Humanities International Journal: Body Talk: Whose Language? (2016 Conference Abstracts), The Association for Medical Humanities. In: , , , . The Association for Medical Humanities, The University of Greenwich (1st) ISBN: 9780995519305ISSN: 2398-6395 (Print), (doi: http://amh.ac.uk/728/) Published.


Patterson, Jennifer and , (2018), Translations. Body Talk: whose language?, Association of Medical Humanities. In: , , , . Association of Medical Humanities, (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/translations-body-talk-whose-language/) Unpublished NB Item availability restricted.

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