Research Themes

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities incorporates research centres and institutes from the University of Leicester that are world leading in their fields.

The college has 9 schools, 1 research institute and 12 research centres. The distinctive research strengths are captured within the following themes:

  • Heritage (History and Science of the Human Past)
  • Creativity, Culture and Media
  • Diversity, Equality and Rights
  • Crime, Intelligence and Security
  • Health Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Work, Employment and Productivity


School Research

Other research groups/projects can be found on subject area research pages:








Research Institutes

  • CAMEo - Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies
    CAMEo is an interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on the dynamic relations between culture, media and economy. Researchers study how these relations are played out in the contexts of the cultural and creative industries, media and the arts. The institution uses the term ‘cultural and media economies’ inclusively, to capture the whole range of productive dynamics that characterise these various industries and activities.

Research Centres

  • Centre for English Local History
    The Centre for English Local History is unique, because it is devoted to the study of local history everywhere in England and Wales. Its foundation helped to found local history as a respected academic discipline, and after many universities and colleges have taken up the subject, it is respected as the pioneer, and as a continuing source of new ideas. The Leicester approach is concerned with the interaction between society and landscape.
  • Centre for European Law and Internationalisation
    CELI brings together researchers with an interest in the fields of all aspects of European law in the widest sense and in trends of internationalisation, for example in relation to global trade or in relation to human rights. It promotes academic research (including postgraduate research), holds seminars and conferences, and receives visitors wishing to conduct research in this area.
  • Centre for Hate Studies
    With hate and extremism having increasing relevance to multiple fields of work, the Centre works with organisations all over the world to improve responses through evidence-based training and research.
  • Centre for Historical Archaeology
    The Centre for Historical Archaeology is the UK’s only research institution dedicated to the archaeological study of the past 500 years. The CHA strives to foster productive and exciting scholarly discussion and debate on the recent past. We coordinate interdisciplinary and holistic research, while mentoring our postgraduate students as teachers and researchers.
  • Centre for New Writing
    The Centre for New Writing was established to diversify literary voices beyond the metropolitan mainstream. From our Midlands base we specialise in devolved literary culture. The Centre fosters an understanding of Britain’s literary landscape which sees beyond established hierarchies and actively seeks to reshape this landscape.
  • Leicester Medieval Research Centre
    The Leicester Medieval Research Centre was established in 1996 to co-ordinate interdisciplinary research and teaching in medieval subjects across the College of Social Science, Arts, and Humanities (CSSAH) at the University of Leicester, and to host conferences, colloquia and a programme of lectures and seminars by local and visiting speakers.
  • Research Centre for Museum Studies and Galleries
    The centre has carried out wide ranging research projects that engage with – and have had considerable impact upon – contemporary policy and practice internationally. The Centre’s position within the School of Museum Studies enables them to both draw upon and contribute to cutting-edge conceptual research.
  • Centre for Quantum Social and Cognitive Science
    The centre promotes and develops high level research on the identification of quantum structures in non-physical domains, in particular, in socio-economic and cognitive science.
  • The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    The Burton Centre is a non-profit teaching and research centre within the School of History at the University of Leicester and it is the oldest Holocaust research centre in the UK.
  • Centre for Urban History
    Established in 1985, the Centre for Urban History (CUH) is a specialist research centre of international academic excellence which attracts MA and PhD students from around the world. The Centre maintains active links with academics and research institutions across the globe.
  • Victorian Studies Centre
    The Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester has a distinguished record of innovation and excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching at postgraduate level. Established in 1966 with a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust, it is the longest established Victorian Studies Centre in Britain.

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