Academic structure

Centres and Institutes

Our institutes and centres are a meeting place for ideas. A focus for our world-leading academics to share their expertise, to break through disciplinary boundaries and provoke new debates.

We’re recognised internationally for our globally important research with peaks of excellence in social sciences, human rights and data analytics. We were awarded the UK’s first Regius Professorship of Political Science, Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Human Rights and Social Sciences, and the world’s first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science.

Our flagship institutes bring together academics from across disciplines and departments to deliver research which offers significant practical insights and impact. They engage with a wide range of external partners at a national and international level from NGOs and national governments through to the European Union and United Nations.

Research & Teaching Centres

Our centres cover a wide range of topics and provide hubs for our academics in these fields. Some of our centres represent a single area within a department, while others are interdisciplinary with members from various departments coming together to focus on an issue. Where our centres or research groups are interdisciplinary, they have been listed below in their lead department.