Research

The School is home to a flourishing research culture characterized by innovative scholarship and wide engagement. Our discipline-specific and interdisciplinary projects are spread across (and beyond) the School's subject areas: Communications, Media and Culture; English; History; Law; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Politics, and Religion.

The 4 Divisions of the school are - 

Literature and Languages   History and Politics Law and Philosophy Communications,  Media and Culture

The quality of our research has led to regular awards of research funding from the AHRC, ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust, Royal Society of Edinburgh and positive results in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).


  • First in Scotland for research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies
  • First in Scotland for research publications in Law
  • Almost three quarters of research activity across the School rated either world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 100% of research environment in English rated as world-leading or internationally excellent 
  • 100% of research impact in History rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

The REF assesses the quality of research publications, the impact of research outside academia and the vibrancy of academic research environments. You can read some of our impact case studies here. Since the RAE in 2008 our profile as a School has strengthened and we have been joined by new staff who are leading their respective fields. 

A vital part of our research environment is a vibrant doctoral community. Our talented students are supported by, and work closely with, our leading academic researchers. More information.


The School also runs an Initiative Fund for Stirling researchers, offering seed funding for early-stage projects. This scheme aims to support projects with potential for larger-scale funding, creating new partnerships, extending research networks, and increasing the impact of our research.

Research Events

Check back here in September to see what Research Events will take place in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Recently Funded Projects

Recently funded research projects include:

Knowledge Beyond Natural Science
Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700–1850: The Architectural Imagination
The Out of Bounds Poetry Project
Working Verse in Victorian Scotland
The Future of the Academic Book
Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries
Uses of Prehistory
Healthcare Communication: Scottish and Swiss perspectives
Hetherington: Press & Broadcasting in Post War Britain
The Major Minor Cinema: the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-71)
Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network; Diaphora: Philosophical Problems, Resilience and Persistent Disagreement
Rights, Roles and the Individual
The European Neverendum: Lessons for 2015 from the 1975 EEC Referendum
The Scots and Becket: cult, piety and patronage in Medieval Scotland, c.1170-c.1560
Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland.

Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947

Our project seeks to explain how and why the occult became so central to the period's popular imagination. By focusing on the allure and reach of the occult in this period, our network aims to understand the relationship between popular culture, religious heterodoxy, and the public sphere more broadly.

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