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iSEED - Institute for Social, Educational and Enterprise Development

iSEED, the Institute for Social, Educational and Enterprise Development, provides an innovative approach to interdisciplinary research and a high quality evaluation service that draws together the specialist interests and expertise of the academic teams within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science.

It specialises in creative research design and effective knowledge exchange, underpinned by the rigour of scholarship and the provision of high quality research and evaluation for statutory and non-statutory agencies located locally, nationally and internationally.

iSEED is the intellectual and operational vehicle at the University of Suffolk for conducting applied research in social science and its cognate fields. It is committed to the development of transformational research that explores new areas of enquiry from a multi-disciplinary perspective and provides real life solutions to key social problems.

Our researchers have established a national and international reputation for conducting outstanding research in fields ranging from social policy, social work, sociology, criminology, psychology and education. We have worked with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Government Equalities Office, West Midlands Police, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Co-Op, the Suffolk Foundation, Nominet Trust, beat, Childnet International, the Marie Collins Foundation, Get Safe Online, Internet Matters, the national Revenge Pornography Helpline, the Better Policing Collaborative, HEFCE, the College of Policing, Suffolk Youth Offending Service, Suffolk Constabulary, Norfolk Constabulary, Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk MIND.

Recent work includes:

  • The experiences ofvictims of domestic violence
  • The nature and prevalence of urban street gangs
  • Youth unemployment
  • Sexting
  • Evaluating the restructuring of social work
  • Community safety surveys
  • Evaluating inter-professional safeguarding training.
  • Transforming responses to youth offending
  • Revenge pornography
  • On-line risk
  • Improving engagement in ASTEM subjects
  • Developing resilience
  • Wellbeing and mental health

iSEED adopts a transdisciplinary approach and works with national governments, local authorities, charities and private sector companies. It offers substantial research experience, cutting-edge expertise, a focus on delivering high impact findings which make a difference, and a passion for designing robust, efficient solutions.


Dr Emma Bond, Director of iSEED

T: 01473 338564