Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR), University of Bedfordshire

The Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR) at the University of Bedfordshire is recognised for its expertise in:

  • Evaluating strengths-based practice to improve social work practice (e.g. motivational interviewing and systemic practice)
  • Research with children looked after and young people negotiating the transition from care to adulthood
  • Safeguarding children and young people from child sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse
  • Contextual safeguarding
  • Engaging Participant Expert by Experience Researchers in the design and conduct of studies

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 78% of our research was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.