As well as grouping our research into three overarching themes, we further highlight our broad areas of expertise with 12 distinct research programmes. Each programme is representative of the diverse interdisciplinary research taking place at the University, and underscores our commitment to carrying out work that can truly impact the world for the better.
Human Security, Conflict and Cooperation
Regional and international conflicts, driven by climate change, pose a serious threat to world stability. We explore the impact of climate change on human security to manage and identify ways to resolve these conflicts. Climate change has a direct impact on human security. It is the cause of mass migration and property rights disputes, and places huge pressures on infrastructures and public services. These, in turn, lead to the further degradation of the human environment, exacerbating existing problems and leading to conflicts, or civil war and military interventions. Our research explores, from a variety of perspectives, how humans have dealt with these challenges in the past, highlighting the role of human nature, animals and conservation.
Academic Lead: Professor Holger Nehring
Research Development Officer: Cori Critchlow-Watton
By investigating how human brains work in the real world, we offer a new perspective on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. Human behaviour has traditionally been examined under laboratory conditions. Our work moves psychology out of the lab to investigate and understand human behaviour. We use pioneering brain imaging technology to address problems and ask questions that haven't previously been explored. By doing so, we understand more about a wide range of neurological conditions, such as dementia, autism and abnormal brain development, than ever before.
Academic Lead: Dr Magdalena Ietswaart
Research Development Officer: Gordon Marshall