Centre for Social and Health Research (CSHR)

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The Centre for Social and Health Research (CSHR) is a multi-disciplinary Research Centre based within the University of Salford. Our work seeks to understand the complex challenges facing people, communities, services and places and create innovative responses. We are engaged in work which aims to alleviate health and social injustices and bring about positive change through engaged research and practice.

The CSHR approach is grounded in principles of collaboration, co-production and critical analysis in order to support the development positive changes in health, wellbeing and society.

Clients, commissioners and funders include international and national funding agencies, government departments and agencies, local authorities, charities and foundations, international organisations, and the private sector. We offer research expertise covering a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, digital and experimental methods, evaluation, policy advice and guidance, and consultancy.

Contact CSHR

Centre for Social and Health Research (CSHR)
University of Salford
Mary Seacole Building
Frederick Road Campus
M6 6PU
United Kingdom

Director CSHR: Professor Alison Brettle
E-mail: a.brettle@salford.ac.uk

Research Groups

Children, Young People and Families

Research to improve outcomes for Children, Young People and Families

Our research spans health, social care and education, and focuses on enhancing services, improving outcomes and evidencing impacts on children and families. The research group works closely with colleagues in the NHS, Local Authorities, the Third Sector, and national networks. We have research links with international partners in Scandinavia, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Australia.

Service user involvement
CYP@Salford continues to build on its established reputation for collaboration with children and young people in education and research through a model based on working with young people and the promotion of active citizenship.

Knowledge, Health and Place

Knowledge Health and Place Research Group supports health and social justice through ‘real world’ transdisciplinary research collaboration. The group draws together knowledge intermediaries linking disciplines from the domains of nursing, health, midwifery, social science, social policy, digital and social media, information science, and psychology, as stakeholders and users, to inform and derive evidence-based practice and policy.

Engagement with stakeholders is fundamental to our research through active collaboration with people affected by the research and community-based stakeholders.

Transdisciplinary research generates new ways of knowing the world, uniquely combining different perspectives and enabling stakeholders to embed and co-produce lessons learnt by research; driving positive change impacting on social care, welfare, social policy and healthcare practice.

Knowledge Health and Place Research Group is jointly led by Professor Louise Ackers, Chair in Global Social Justice and Professor Paula Ormandy, Chair in Long Term Conditions; positioned within a complex multi professional School it bridges knowledge and praxis, underpinned by a powerful breadth of research expertise and, most of all, a commitment to health and social change that makes a difference to people and communities.

Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)

Established in 1996, SHUSU is a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Salford hosted within the Centre for Social and Health Research (CSHR). 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:

  • Housing & Neighbourhoods
  • Migration & Integration
  • Sustainability & Society
  • Work & Welfare

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.

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Contact SHUSU

The Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)
University of Salford
C602 Allerton Building
Frederick Road Campus
M6 6PU
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)161 295 2140
E: shusu@salford.ac.uk
Twitter: @SHUSU_Research

Educational Research and Scholarship Cluster

We are a vibrant community that engages in research that impacts teaching, learning and practice. We aim to be a centre of excellence for both research into higher education across disciplines and for the educator’s development of teaching excellence. The cluster works closely with colleagues and industry partners in the NHS, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Higher Education Institutions, Local Authorities, Private, Voluntary and Independent Sectors. We have practice and research links with national and international partners and networks.


  • work with industry partners. By being profession and practice based we provide unique opportunities for real world research that underpins our innovative approaches to learning.
  • collaborate across disciplines to produce high impact research outputs with international relevance.
  • are professionals who are experts in our fields who actively contribute to improving learning and teaching through evidence based approaches.
  • provide consultancy and programme development services around practice learning and teaching, leadership and academic development.

Contact the Educational Research and Scholarship Cluster

Dr Jackie Leigh
Mary Seacole Building
University of Salford
M6 6PU

t: +44 (0) 161 295 6475
e: j.a.leigh@salford.ac.uk

Our Impact

CSHR works with partners in our local area, within the United Kingdom and from across the globe. We believe in co-producing wellbeing, delivering better health and social care and improving society. We focus on providing evidence-based research and engaging in the transfer of knowledge which helps to ensure a more equitable future for all. Our research also feeds directly into learning through our various programmes, training and CPD opportunities with practitioners.


Our work transcends academia and leads to productive engagement with a wide range of public, private, and third sector organisations, and collaboration with people. We connect with governments, industry, local municipalities, health and welfare providers, the voluntary sector, civil society and other academic institutions. For instance, researchers in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) have been asked by Salford City Council to lead an Anti-Poverty Taskforce to help the local authority better understand the lived experience of poverty and formulate meaningful responses.  


We have a number of close partnerships with organisations working in the health sector, housing, criminal justice and digital industries. Partnerships with organisations such as the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, local authorities, health providers, housing organisations and criminal justice agencies all ensure we are grounded locally. In addition, we have major international partnerships in a number of countries including Uganda, Norway, Australia, the United States and South America. We routinely work closely with academic and industry colleagues in Europe.

Transnational research

CSHR achieves global research impact which improves the lives of people across the world. Our globally-respected researchers have developed positive health, social and cultural change at local, regional, national and international levels. For instance, our researchers in Knowledge, Health and Place have been working on improving health care and services in Uganda. One project led to a Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub being formed which focused on improving maternal and newborn healthcare in order to reduce the high levels of morbidity and mortality in these areas in Uganda. The programme is also being used to educate local and global students through evaluating scenario-based teaching models to help students develop a holistic, empathetic approach to care.


CSHR receives funding from a range of funders and donors such as: international agencies, the European Union, the UK Research Councils, British Council, private sector, major charities, the NHS and a range of local and regional partners. We invest our significant annual research income in activities that aim to make a positive difference to health, social, and individual outcomes.

Engaging with policy

Knowledge exchange into policy is a key dimension of our work and is embedded in all our research processes, our research environment and our objectives from the inception of projects and throughout. We engage in the national Making Research Count initiative to link research findings with the challenge of integrated health, housing and social care. Our work has featured in reports by international agencies, the UK government, Hansard and local government. Many of our projects, from the outset, are co-developed alongside policy makers and practitioners. Our experts have been seconded to national government departments, appointed as specialist advisors and routinely asked to present their work to policy actors.