Socio-legal studies is an interdisciplinary research field in which law is explored as a social phenomenon. Research in this area aims to understand how legal ideas, practices and institutions are influenced by or function within the cultural, economic, historical, political and social context. Scholars often draw on social theory or critical theory as well as other disciplines, such as cultural studies, anthropology, criminology, economics, sociology, to inform their theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches.
Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding
N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship
- MA Social Research
- MA International Relations
- MSc Criminal Justice & Social Research Methods
- MSc Criminology & Social Research Methods
- PhD Law
- PhD Criminology
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.
Contact details for Socio-legal Studies Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here
Current Socio-legal Studies NWSSDTP students
Luke David Graham (2017 Cohort)
- Lancaster University
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukedavidgraham
- MethodsX Stream: Interview-based Qualitative Research
Destitution as A Denial of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Addressing Destitution in The UK Through a Human Rights Framework
This project addresses Destitution in the United Kingdom using a Human Rights framework. Destitution remains an ill-defined concept, as such in order to address destitution this project will enunciate the first and only current Human Rights-Based definition of destitution. This will allow new mechanisms to be brought to bear which will in turn contribute to the prevention of destitution.
Alexander Holder (2017 Cohort)
- University of Liverpool
- Website: https://mindingthebusinessofothers.wordpress.com/
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MethodsX Stream: New Forms of Data/Digital Methods
Law in War: Targeting, Legal Reasoning and the Use of Force in Armed Conflict
My work is concerned with the legal reasoning of individuals involved in militarised drone operations. Using documents made available in a series of investigations into a disastrous drone-led airstrike in Afghanistan by the United States, this project seeks to produce descriptions of the practical methods by which individuals produce and maintain legal targets.
Ben Crawford (2018 Cohort)
- University of Liverpool
- Email Address: email@example.com
- MethodsX Stream: Interview based qualitative research
Employment rights and the shareholder: Workers rights vs. ‘owners’ rights
The thesis will provide a detailed and schematic exposition of the relationship between corporate law and labour rights. The project will analyse the mechanisms by which shareholder rights in the corporation serve to limit the realisation of labour rights, particularly in the context of a world of work characterized by outsourcing, franchising, complex corporate groups and long supply chains.