College Research Areas

The following themes form part of the University's Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Strategy:

  • Science, Technology, Culture
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Global Uncertainty
  • Societal and Lifestyle Shifts
  • Identities and Beliefs
  • Medical Humanities

Additional research priorities for our five disciplines are detailed below.

Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

  • Philosophy of science and social science
  • Social anthropology and ethnography
  • Cultural sociology
  • Culture, science and technology


  • Legal History (legal history scholarship spanning the Middle Ages to the modern period and employing both doctrinal and interdisciplinary approaches)
  • Family Law (policy and practice of family law in areas such as child protection, family justice issues, cohabitation and the effects of separation and divorce on children)
  • International and Human Rights Law
  • European Law
  • Science, Culture and the Law


  • Education policy (international comparative analysis of the impact of neo-liberal discourses on education policy and practice)
  • Language education (literacy and language development across the lifespan, including both first and second language development; intercultural communication; language and identity; and how language policy is implemented in professional contexts)
  • Special Educational Needs (examining pedagogy to teach pupils with specific and general learning difficulties in mainstream primary and secondary classes)
  • Creativity, the arts and educational futures (particularly exploring the potential for student and professional 'possibility thinking' in the arts in education.  This seems particularly important over a further period of change in educational policy and as government priorities re-define the heart of education to exclude the arts.  The changing nature of childhood as greatly empowered through use of creative digital media could also be a key dimension of this studentship.
  • Science Education (inquiry-based or dialogic approaches to science education, science education and pupil diversity, and the training of science or mathematics teachers.
  • Education, Culture and Identity (sociological approaches to focus on the interface between learning in home community and school).


  • Comparative Political Behaviour and Institutions
  • Middle Eastern and North African Politics
  • International Studies
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

  • Gulf Studies
  • Kurdish Studies
  • Palestine Studies
  • Persian and Iranian Studies
  • Ethnopolitical Studies
  • Study of Islam