Research facilities

We have a range of specialist facilities that are available to researchers, businesses and individuals to use in the research and development of new products and services. Use of the labs and resources is often combined with consultancy from our experts enabling you to get the greatest benefit from your time in our state-of-the-art facilities.

First-class facilities showcase

The Essex Research Facilities website is a useful guide to all our research facilities and the many other services and support that external organisations may want to use or hire.

ESSEXLab - hosting social science experiments

Woman working at a computer ESSEXLab is a purpose-built facility to host social science experiments. Housed in our Social Science Research Centre it enables researchers to run experiments to gain insight into issues such as how people make decisions, how they interact with a survey tool and how different presentations of stimuli affect response rate and form. The lab is available for hire to commercial and charitable organisations. ESSEXLab Mobile is also available, enabling experiments and information-gathering in natural settings such as workplaces or on the street.

Digital Lifestyles Centre - interactions between people and technology

Sofa and coffee table Our Digital Lifestyles Centre carries out research within the framework of a Living Lab. It aims to aid the development of innovative technologies by enabling you to monitor and record how people interact with new technologies within natural living spaces. The range of intelligent environments the DLC hosts includes the iSpace, iClassroom and iCampus which are available to hire to assist your business in the research and development of new products.

Human Performance Unit

Man wearing an oxygen mask being 
	tested on an exercise bike The Human Performance Unit looks after the training needs of athletes and has worked with sportsmen and women from all levels, including Olympic and Paralympic medallists, professional sportsmen and teams and numerous endurance athletes. The unit's labs and facilities are world class and a range of sports testing and coaching services are offered to help you achieve peak performance.

Centre for Brain Science

experiment being conducted 
	on a man wearing an electrode skull cap Our Centre for Brain Science opened in 2009 and is purpose-built to house state-of-the-art equipment that allows researchers to directly observe, measure and modulate brain activity. It also hosts a range of equipment to measure eye movements and various indices of physiological response. Our Department of Psychology also has a variety of other labs for psychological research available.