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Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)

Welcome to SHUSU
Established in 1996, SHUSU is a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Salford hosted within the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe). We seek to understand complex social issues and work towards social justice and environmental sustainability within the urban environment. We are actively engaged in research that highlights the processes, outcomes and impacts of marginalisation on individuals and communities.

The work of SHUSU reflects the complex and interconnected challenges faced by contemporary society. These challenges include ensuring fair access to housing, equitable welfare systems and services, population mobility, positive social relations within communities, ageing populations, environmental sustainability and inclusive growth.

Our work is aligned with four work streams that unified by a core vision of working towards a more equitable and sustainable society. To find out more about each work stream, click on the links below:

SHUSU brings together internationally renowned researchers as part of a multidisciplinary team and our approach is underpinned by the principles of collaboration, co-production and critical analysis.  We provide a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic environment for postgraduate researchers, who work alongside our core research team to deliver projects that facilitate the practical application of knowledge.

If you want to find out more about how to work with us, study with us or to get in touch, please click on the links below:

Latest news and events

Tue 25 Sep 2018

SHUSUs Dr Lisa Scullion has become the University of Salford representative for the Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) Principal Partner Scheme. GMPA coordinates networks of organisations and individuals to collectively influence policy and practice to address poverty across Greater Manchester. GMPA are keen to ensure that the GM academic institutions have the opportunity to contribute […]

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Fri 31 Aug 2018

Poverty’s impact on Wellbeing – 6th August 2018   The work of SHUSU’s Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Graeme Sherriff has featured on The Conversation in their article ‘Poverty’s Impact on Wellbeing is Hard to Ignore’ ( In it they discuss the wide-ranging ways in which poverty can impact upon wellbeing, including through the cold homes, […]

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Tue 20 Mar 2018

Alternative Gardeners Question Time
There is a growing recognition that Green Care can positively influence health and well-being at an individual and community level. However, this knowledge has had limited reach to those who it may impact most in the community. The promotion of health and well-being through alternative approaches such as Green Care presents realistic, alternative methods. Our […]

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