The ‘Areas of Research Interests’ (ARIs) are documents setting out the key research questions for government departments. They include information on departmental research systems, research and data publication policies and research and development strategies.

Published Areas of Research Interest

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Internet Safety, Cyber Security and Data Protection
  • Telecoms and Broadband Delivery
  • Digital and Technology
  • Society and Community Engagement
  • Broadcasting, Media, Creative Industries
  • Gambling and Lotteries
  • Culture, Heritage, Tourism, Sport

Department for Education

  • Early Years
  • Schools
  • Further and Higher Education
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Cross-cutting

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s

  • Fixing the broken housing market
  • Ensuring an effective response to the Grenfell Tower Fire
  • Building regulation and energy performance
  • Growing our local economies
  • Supporting effective local government
  • Building more integrated communities
  • Cross cutting issues, including Exit from the Euopean Union
  • Methodological interests
  • Ways of working

Ministry of Justice

  • Deliver a modern courts and justice system
  • Create a prison and probation service that reforms offenders
  • Promote Global Britain and protect the rule of law
  • Create a transformed department that delivers excellent services
  • Collaboration and communication

Please see previous post for more departments that have published ARI.

If you wish to provide feedback or respond to a departments ARI please use the contact details provided in each departments ARI document.

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