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Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research (SISER)

"In 2013, Professor Emma Bond and her team undertook our most important research to date to establish the need for a national training programme for frontline professionals working with children harmed through the internet. The results of the research provided us with the clearest picture yet of levels of confidence and competence among professionals working in this field, which we have been able to address through the development and delivery of training packages. As a consequence, the research carried out by Professor Bond is having a direct impact upon the support given now and in the future to victims of online sexual abuse.
In addition, her department has provided expertise to us in areas ranging from ensuring engagement by visitors to our website to supporting our involvement in a Government-led education campaign surrounding indecent images"

- Marie Collins Foundation

SISER, the Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research, provides an innovative approach to interdisciplinary research and a high quality evaluation service on domestic abuse; sexual abuse; online risk; social migration; youth justice and youth unemployment informing real-world public policy.

We specialise 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. We work closely with our partners to develop a robust evidence-base and to identify "What works" as well as assessing social and economic impacts of interventions. 

SISER is an intellectual and operational vehicle at the University of Suffolk for conducting applied research in social science and its cognate fields. We are 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.

We have worked with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Amnesty International, 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, Norfolk County Council, Anglia Care Trust, Iceni, and Suffolk MIND.

Some of our exciting research projects include: 

Digital Civility: Safeguarding Students Online

Diversion, Prevention and Youth Justice: An evaluation of the Suffolk Youth Offending Service Diversion Programme

Access to Justice: Assessing the impact of the magistrates court closures in Suffolk

Evaluation of a Social Mobility Pilot Project in Suffolk

Examining the experiences of survivors of domestic abuse and sexual abuse

Venta: Evaluation of a pilot intervention working with male domestic abuse perpetrators in Suffolk

Systematic Reviews - 'What works’ in responding to the issues identified in the Hidden Needs report 

Economic Impact (CGE models) - assessing the impact of infrastructure investment on the the local economy

Revenge pornography


On-line risk

Evaluating inter-professional safeguarding training

Wellbeing and mental health

Youth unemployment

Youth migration

Other research projects currently ongoing within SISER involve the online safeguarding of children and young people, tackling hate crime and online harassment and working alongside survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). 

SISER adopts a cross-disciplinary approach and works with national governments, local authorities, charities and private sector companies. We offer 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.


T: 01473 338564


Twitter: @uos_siser 


Visiting Professors 

Professor Tink Palmer

Professor Andy Phippen

Visiting Fellows

Laura Higgins

Fiona Ellis

Matt Bland

If you would like more information on our research or to help you achieve your research objectives, please do get in touch: