The Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) is a broad interdisciplinary research cluster that has a focus on a range of topics relating to how services are delivered within society as well as the barriers and needs faced by people in contemporary society. The cluster includes those within Social Policy, Sociology, Deaf Studies and Interpreting, though it is a flexible group that is open to a range of research interests.
CASR plays a role not only in carrying out research, but also in promoting discussion across academics and students. The IRIS seminars organised by Interpreting lecturers are always well attended and focus on a range of germane issues.
A key goal of CASR is to provide useful research with a high impact that is academically rigorous as well as being useful for organisations external to the university. Current research, in partnership with Citizens’ Advice Wolverhampton, is examining experiences of those using food banks in the city with a view to making policy recommendations. This will be added to previous research carried out with external partners which includes (i) experiences hate crime, (ii) the social investment value of substance abuse treatment, (iii) the impact of payday loans, (iv) involvement in research looking at caste discrimination, (v) work with another university examining impacts of regeneration, and (vi) analysis of council data regarding provision of community services.