DTP Interdisciplinary Pathways

DTP Interdisciplinary Themed Pathways Summary

DTP Pathway Discipline and Topic Coverage
Cities, Environment, and Liveability Understanding and managing socio-economic change in cities and urban-based responses through policy, governance, and the connecting of communities. An emphasis on environment recognises the growing importance of interactions between populations and climate/environmental/ecological changes, the politics of sustainability, and the importance of urban and rural dynamics and interconnections. Liveability provides a nexus by placing emphasis on infrastructures and their resilience (breadth of services, utilities, such as energy and water) and shifts within the built environment (spaces and places, mobilities, interaction, property, housing policy and practice).
Security, Conflict, and Justice Causes and consequences of security, origins and experiences of conflict, criminality, roles of justice on responses to local/global uncertainties. Recognises that traditional approaches to criminal justice and security studies must now be complimented with new and wider perspectives in order to develop better strategies for conflict resolution and securing justice locally/globally. The changing nature of socio-legal knowledge is critical.
Education, Childhood, and Youth Covers the field of education, where there is expertise in systematic review and evaluation, patterns and processes of educational interventions, developments in language learning and usage in educational settings. How children and young people are conceptualised and produced through practices and methodological approaches that can give voice to children and young people.
Data,Communication, and New Technologies Communications and interactions between social groups, society, and data, information and digital technologies. Cutting-edge frameworks and methods for understanding these interactions and novel applications to support them.  How social actors can better make sense of and manage increasing volumes of data and information encountered (‘datafication’) in a variety of domains, and investigates how we experience and make sense of the changing data landscape and information environment.
Wellbeing, Health, and Communities Concerns multi-disciplinary perspectives on health and wellbeing often in partnership with policy and practice networks, including local authorities, voluntary organisation and NHS trusts, and increasingly decentralisation and devolution to communities. Expertise on inequalities, ageing, e-health, emergency care, obesity, modelling and economic evaluation, and cost-effectiveness of health policy interventions. Inclusion and resilience connections are made between health, employment, employability and work psychology.
Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity Productivity and sustainable economic growth at multi-level scale, from firm, to sectoral, regional and national levels.  Wages, finance, financialisation, skills and welfare. Macro-level economics and other levels of micro-analysis to capture complex systems of management, regulation, governance (covering marketing, work and employment relations, accounting and finance, public services).  Economic development, business support, and the sustainability of economic policies and interventions.
Civil Society, Development, and Democracy Spans excellence in understanding the changing nature of civil and political society: governance, institutions, community, individuals, migration, and difference. Addresses political climate of devolution, constitutional change, patterns and processes of democracy, legitimacy, and citizenship.  This is set within the broader context of crisis, inequality, processes and patterns of uneven international development, public policy, situated development studies, and dynamics of rising powers vis-à-vis area studies.


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