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Research centres, institutes and networks

Centres and Institutes

Our research centres are externally funded through major research grants, strategic funding or local partnerships. All conduct internationally recognised research and many of them also provide postgraduate programmes and research supervision, allowing students to work closely with staff in these specialist areas. The centres run their own programmes of seminars, conferences and workshops.

Research groups and networks pull together members of staff and postgraduate students who share common research interests and allow a flexible way to explore different themes.

Our researchers' specialist interests collectively encompass a wide range of legal fields. We have an established research history in Family Law, Legal History and European Law; in addition to these we are also growing strengths in International and Comparative Law, Human Rights, Bioethics, Environmental Law, Criminology, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law, Information Law and Technology Law.

Interdisciplinary centres/networks

International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE)

IICE works across the colleges to promote interdisciplinary research and engagement with external partners, with cultural enquiry at the core of its activities.

Exeter-Fudan Global Thought Network

Exeter-Fudan Global Thought Network is an interdisciplinary network which facilitates cross-cultural exchange and collaboration between academics at the college of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter and Fudan University.

The Aspect Network for Social Science Researchers

The University of Exeter is now part of Aspect, a network which connects universities, businesses, academics and industry leaders to turn ideas into commercial solutions and solve pressing social challenges.

Aspect aims to develop ideas from SHAPE (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, for People and the Economy) research, through a series of events and meetings that exchange good practice, funding opportunities that test ideas and pilot new approaches, and the development of toolkits (including case studies and resources) that share insights and learnings with the broader community.