Research and enterprise

Our University is a world leader for social science research and is ranked 4th in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Our researchers are recognised internationally for their work that has a direct impact and influence on social and economic issues facing the world.

Using this expertise, we work with organisations (private, public sector and charities) to help you grow and succeed. Find out more about how you or your organisation could benefit from working with us.

Examples of our research

CrowdUnderstanding Society
The largest household survey in the UK, Understanding Society, is run by the Institute for Social and Economic Research.


Packed lunchHealthy school meals and educational outcomes
Having a healthy school meal significantly improves children's learning in science and English, according to researchers in the Department of Economics.


Sports stadiumThe effects of crime as a result of the Olympic Games
A team of leading sociologists is to explore the effects of crime in the area staging the 2012 Olympics after being given unprecedented access in the area where the games are to be staged.


The economics of social networksThe economics of social networks
A group of researchers in the Department of Economics specialise in network theory and the economics of social networks. Professor Galeotti has recently won €1 million to study the economics of social networks.


Multiple flags flying in the windDisaggregating civil war
A team of researchers, leading in international relations, is examining how third parties and transnational linkages influence interactions between central governments and insurgents groups within a bargaining framework, where violence may occur if parties fail to reach or maintain agreements.

Houses of Parliament LondonPolitical Theory
The University of Essex has a long and distinguished tradition as a centre of social and political theory.



Men and women workingConsumption work and societal divisions of labour
Work and employment have long been a central concern of the social sciences. This ground breaking research will investigate how the work of consumers is shaped by its articulation with that of providers, and vice versa.

News and events

News and events

Keep up-to-date with what's happening in our Faculty, from our latest research to our awards and achievements. We also organise a huge range of specialist workshops, conferences, training events and public lectures.

Your experience

Share your experience

If you graduated from one of our departments in the last ten years we would like your help to create truly engaging content for our website, including student profiles and case studies. You can help by completing your graduate profile online.

PG research

Postgraduate research

At Essex you will work at the heart of an internationally recognised and well-connected research community. Our internationally-renowned academics will support and guide you through the different stages of your research until completion.

New experimental lab

ESSEXLab, the new state-of-the-art facility for academic researchers to run interactive social science experiments, is now available. Registration is also open to take part in experiments.