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 have a global reputation in human rights, social scientific research and data analytics. 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.
We are home to one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world. The Human Rights Centre enjoys a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice, and education.
"At Essex, we’re working hard to be part of bringing about change, at an international, national and local level."
We conduct research into issues and challenges in data exploration and big data from a multitude of perspectives. Our Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) drives breakthroughs and innovation in a range of areas, including technologies for management and transfer of big data; methodological and analytical methods for different types of applications from financial and business to biomedical; and socio-economic aspects of data; and ethical, legal and human rights aspects of data.
"Data underpins almost every aspect of human life and there is huge potential for unlocking its benefits."
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) is funded and commissioned to undertake innovative and influential social and economic research, which looks at how people’s lives are changing over time.
"ISER has been at the forefront of both leading data collection and data analysis and interpretation for many years and has served as a model for many international institutes."
Our research 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.