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Centre for Advanced International Theory

CAIT invites advanced fundamental research on international politics from within and outside the discipline - including but not limited to international political theory, international historical sociology, international political economy and from all theoretical backgrounds, orthodox and heterodox - free of the requirement for direct policy relevance and reflexive of the knowledge/power nexus.

For more information, visit the Centre for Advanced International Theory site

Centre for Byzantine Cultural History

The Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History maintains a Byzantine and medieval presence at Sussex. It acts as a focal point for those interested in the history of the Mediterranean world in the Classical and medieval periods.

For more information, visit the Centre for Byzantine Cultural History site

Centre for Coastal Research

The aim of this centre is to address the key coastal issues of climate change and sea level rise to inform management policy and practice. We do this by up-scaling our process-response research to engineering timescales. Our approach contributes to predictive modelling of coastal behaviour to assist end-users in adaptive management of the coastline. Our focus is to further understanding of coastal dynamics for sustainable development, engineering and adaptation through effective mitigation of natural hazards and risk.

For more information, visit the Centre for Coastal Research site

Centre for Cognitive Science

COGS fosters interaction and collaboration among all those working in cognitive science at Sussex, including researchers and students in artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy. It is a pioneering, internationally recognised centre for interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of cognition, be it natural or artificial.

For more information, visit the Centre for Cognitive Science site

Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics

The CCNR is in an interdisciplinary research group positioned between the Neuroscience subject group in the School of Life Sciences and the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems group in the Department of Informatics.The aim of the CCNR is to encourage a two-way flow of ideas and methods between the Life and Computational sciences. The benefits of a cross-disciplinary approach are reflected in the nature of the research that is carried out here. Some of the research in the Centre can be characterised as Biologically-Inspired Engineering, this includes autonomous agent research and evolutionary robotics and electronics. Other research involves the modelling and analysis of biological topics such as insect navigation, neuronal circuits and evolutionary theory.

For more information, visit the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics site

Centre for Creative and Critical Thought

Based in the School of English, the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought (CCCT) draws on not only the energies of creative and critical writing amongst faculty and students, but also on longstanding research interests at Sussex in critical theory, including deconstruction and continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, Marxism, feminism and queer theory.

For more information, visit the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought site

Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health

Reproductive and sexual cultures are complex, lived phenomena which can only be researched through interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches. Sussex has faculty expertise in such approaches across its schools and departments (anthropology, sociology, gender studies, arts and humanities, health sciences, development).

For more information, visit the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health site

Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies

The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at Sussex is one of the foremost interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Britain. Consisting of distinguished and committed academics from the School of English and Departments of History and Art History, as well as a thriving postgraduate community drawn from across the country and the world, the Centre covers most aspects of early modern study and is currently undergoing a new expansion into the medieval period.

For more information, visit the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies site

Centre for Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary subject taught across many of the Schools within the University. Sussex boasts a broad field of expertise in this subject, which makes for fresh and innovative content and a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. The Centre for Gender Studies, which draws all this expertise together, is based in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

For more information, visit the Centre for Gender Studies site

Centre for German-Jewish Studies

The Centre for German Jewish Studies seeks to deepen understanding of the German Jewish experience from the early modern period through the Shoah and its subsequent reconstruction. Located in the School of History, the Centre builds on Sussex's long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary cultural history, with a view towards inviting interested colleagues across the Humanities and Social Sciences to develop strengths in the study of Jewish cultures.

For more information, visit the Centre for German-Jewish Studies site

Centre for Global Political Economy

The Centre for Global Political Economy at Sussex was launched in 2000 to fill an important gap in the theory and practice of International Political Economy. The Centre's current work applies this broad approach to a number of themes of central importance to the contemporary global political economy: including trade and finance; environment and development; labour and social movements. Our regional expertise includes East Asia, Latin America, Africa and India and we have partnerships with many research and activist institutions in those regions.

For more information, visit the Centre for Global Political Economy site

Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research

Located within the Department of Education in the School of Education and Social Work, the research centre CHEER has been established to consolidate higher education research and scholarship at the University of Sussex.

For more information, visit the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research site

Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing brings together research, scholarship and expertise on wellbeing and builds on growth in academic research and service development in this area. The Centre is working to establish itself as a leading interdisciplinary, innovative and international centre in the field and includes research clusters on wellbeing in relation to health and mental health, ageing, children, place, spirituality, cultural diversity and migration.

Centre for Intellectual History

The University of Sussex has long been an important national and international centre for research in intellectual history. At its foundation, intellectual history at Sussex brought together faculty from disparate areas in the arts and social sciences (Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Classics, Sociology, Politics, and Theology). Intellectual history has thrived at Sussex because of the University's traditional focus upon interdisciplinarity, and the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History's task is to maintain this tradition. The Centre continues the tradition of investigation into political, economic, and social thought and its connections with literature from early modern to modern times in Britain and in Europe. While maintaining a focus on the national and international history of social, political and economic thought, the Centre has sought to broaden the agenda to include the history of philosophy and science and their connections with religious thought. We maintain a broad European perspective in these areas through recent and current work on Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, Scottish, and Swiss topics. The transfer of ideas internationally and across continents is also a central concern of the centre.

For more information, visit the Centre for Intellectual History site

Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Diversity (LEAD)

The Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD) is committed to the production, dissemination, and application of research investigating the nature and consequences of leadership. Because power often carries the weight of social responsibility, a comprehensive and socially-relevant examination of leadership theory and practice must also include ethics at its core. As societies become increasingly multi-cultural, it also becomes important to understand the factors that create or impede diverse representation at all levels of organisational hierarchy, particularly top positions of leadership.

For more information, visit the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Diversity (LEAD) site

Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Life history and life writing research uses life story - whether in the form of oral history, personal narrative, autobiography or biography - as a primary source for the study of history and culture. Life stories capture the relation between the individual and society, the local and the national, the past and present and the public and private experience. Research involves grappling with theories of memory, relationship and self representation, and with debates about literacy and orality. Many disciplines contribute to the field, including history, sociology, anthropology, literary philosophy, cultural studies and psychology. Life history and life writing researchers present their work in many forms. As well as academic publications, we contribute to radio and television documentaries, auto/biographical drama, reminiscence work, digital and video presentations and exhibitions. Life history and life writing research is, of necessity, concerned with ethics and power relationships, and with the potential for advocacy and empowerment.

For more information, visit the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research site

Centre for Material Digital Culture

The Centre for Material Digital Culture and Digital Humanities (MDC/DH) is an inter-disciplinary research centre exploring multiple aspects of digital transformation. A central focus is on critical theorization and empirical exploration of relationships between computational technologies and the societies and cultures into which they are emerging ¿ and which they are co-evolving. The Centre includes researchers from media sociology, media arts, software studies, anthropology, computer science, cultural studies, science studies, English, history and archive studies, digital humanities and medical humanities.

For more information, visit the Centre for Material Digital Culture site

Centre for Modernist Studies

The Centre for Modernist Studies brings together faculty and students to explore key questions relating to the cultural forms of Modernism. Researchers in English, History, American Studies, History of Art, Film and Media, Music, and Philosophy contribute to an ongoing programme of conferences, seminars, readings and performances.

For more information, visit the Centre for Modernist Studies site

Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

The Centre for Photography and Visual Culture forges new connections among different areas of knowledge that involve many visual experiences and visual encounters. Our research ranges across the visual's wide terrain: from the theorisation of the image in classical civilization, to digital aesthetics, to the image's political force. By exploring the difficult and hesitant spaces between established disciplines, we aim to facilitate both new and long-forgotten conversations. Not only do we open up new spaces for scholarly exchange within the humanities disciplines of art history, English, philosophy, film studies and photography theory, but we are also developing innovative research projects arising from neglected affinities among the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We also remain firmly committed to the involvement of practicing artists and writers in our conversations and projects.

For more information, visit the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture site

Centre for Poverty and Inequality Research

The Centre for Poverty and Inequality Research conducts research into all aspects of inequality and poverty: their meaning and measurement, causes and consequences, in both developing and developed countries. Building on the rich history of the former Poverty Research Unit at Sussex (PRUS), CPIR brings together researchers across the University of Sussex, and aims to create partnerships with governments, international organisations, other academic institutions and NGOs. CPIR draws on the interdisciplinary approach and values that Sussex embodies to generate impact through world-class research.

For more information, visit the Centre for Poverty and Inequality Research site

Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts

The Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts works to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to connect current work and thinking in the creative and performing arts with research across all Schools at the University of Sussex. It seeks to enable practitioners, research students, scholars and theorists to work together on projects producing new experience, new knowledge or new understanding in the fields of creative and performing arts.

For more information, visit the Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts site

Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre

The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) is a national and international centre for research and development in the practice and theory of contemporary opera, music-based theatre and other related forms of sonic or multimedia performance. The Centre promotes innovative artistic and critical practices across a range of forms through academic programmes, creative, theoretical and historical research projects, and research collaborations with relevant professional and educational partners.

For more information, visit the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre site

Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research

The Centre is intended to advance the international profile and impact of research on innovative inter-disciplinary and inter-professional approaches to social work and allied relationship-based 'social' professions. In particular, the Centre will enable innovation in the advancement of theory, methodology and policy and practice impact at the intersection of the 'social', 'political', 'legal', 'psychological', 'health' and other cognate disciplinary perspectives which inform social work and align it to other professional interventions. The overall aim is to ensure our cross-disciplinary collaborative research is placed centre-stage in the process of activating the social rights, citizenship, health and wellbeing of those most vulnerable to social injustice and the harm this causes.

Centre for Social and Political Thought

The Centre for Social and Political Thought (formerly the Centre for Critical Social Theory) was established in 1997, as an interdisciplinary centre for research spanning social sciences and the humanities. It represents Sussex University's longstanding tradition in critical theory, European philosophy and Social theory, and radical, cutting-edge thinking. Research in the Centre is diverse but is committed to critical social theory broadly construed. More specifically, research at the Centre is focused around the following interests: Hegel, Marx & the Frankfurt School Cosmopolitanism Modernity Contemporary Political Philosophy Race Critical Theory Feminist Social Theory Socialist & Anarchist Thought The Unconscious & Social and Political Thought

For more information, visit the Centre for Social and Political Thought site

Centre for World Environmental History

The Centre for World Environmental History (CWEH) specialises in the environmental history of the tropics. It is the only Centre in Britain and Europe with the capability to do so. As a distinctive named discipline Environmental History is a relatively young subject, which has roots in historical geography, historical ecology and the history of material culture. It draws widely from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

For more information, visit the Centre for World Environmental History site

Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (Economics)

The Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS) was established in 2006 and conducts research in all areas related to regional integration - feasibility, scope and effect both in developed and developing countries. Its main aim is to examine the impact of regional trade agreements and preferences on the economies involved in the agreements, those excluded, and also on the interaction between such preferential arrangements and the multilateral trading system.

For more information, visit the Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (Economics) site

Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence is the focal point for research in queer studies at the University of Sussex. Founded over twenty years ago, the Centre gained international acclaim by pioneering the field of queer studies. Today, we continue to bring together faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, and members of the Brighton community, to create a thriving network of enquiry, dialogue and experimentation.

For more information, visit the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence site

Crime Research Centre

The Centre for the Study of Crime brings people together from a variety of disciplines, focused on research into ‘crime’ broadly conceived. This includes experts from law, sociology, criminology, politics, psychology, and international development. The Centre will take a leading role in shaping research, engaging in debate, as well as looking to engage in reform exercise and the spreading of good practice.

climate@sussex

Confronting these great challenges requires an understanding of the complex web of scientific, socio-economic, political, technological and policy processes. Climate@sussex brings together world leading researchers from the University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in a multi-disciplinary programme of research and teaching to improve our understanding of how climate change is developing, the impacts on people and the implications for policy and action.

For more information, visit the climate@sussex site

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Harvard Sussex Program

HSP is an inter-university collaboration for research, communication and training in support of informed public policy towards chemical and biological weapons. The Program links research groups at Harvard University in the United States and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. It began formally in 1990, building on two decades of earlier collaboration between its co-directors.

For more information, visit the Harvard Sussex Program site

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Sensor Technology Research Centre

The Sensor Technology Research Centre is a world leading centre focusing on electric and magnetic sensor technologies and their applications. Our research activity includes the fundamentals of sensor operation, mobile communications and networks, modelling of measurement scenarios and application specific projects. These applications are very broad, ranging from electrophysiological monitoring to security, forensics and materials characterisation for the semiconductor industry. In mobile communications, we focus on wireless networks and embedded systems to accomplish communication for a variety of applications.

For more information, visit the Sensor Technology Research Centre site

Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC)

The SARIC includes faculty researchers based at the University of Sussex as well as clinicians from the Sussex Partnership NIH Foundation Trust. The SARIC aims not only at improving our understanding of the neurobiology of drug and alcohol addiction but also, by pursuing a translational approach extending into clinical intervention, at making a meaningful impact on the daily lives of individuals with substance misuse problems and their families.

For more information, visit the Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC) site

Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research

SCSR is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to supporting research, and informing public and policy debate, on issues of conflict and security. Its ambition is to advance understanding of, and to challenge established orthodoxies on, conflict and security, through rigorous and theoretically reflective scholarship and engagement.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research site

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

Formed in 2006, the Centre is a new site for consolidating the current and historical work that has been long-established at the University since its inception 40 years ago. Cultural Studies at Sussex has enjoyed an international reputation for decades, and we recently decided to formalise our research in a centre in order to work more effectively with each other in a supportive, collegiate environment.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies site

Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research

The Sussex Law School's Research Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law was launched in July 2008. The aim of the Centre is to facilitate and develop doctrinal, theoretical and empirical research into responsibilities, rights and the law nationally, in the European Union and internationally. The Centre is thus distinctive in exploring aspects of human rights from a variety of perspectives along with questions of responsibility. The Centre's work is organised around four established research themes: Family Responsibilities Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights International Law The Centre also supports the development of research examining law from the perspective of rights or responsibilities including criminal law and justice, corporate social responsibility, international law, international human rights, minority rights, gender justice, environmental law.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research site

Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

The Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing what corruption is, where and why it flourishes and also what (most importantly) can be done to counteract it.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption site

Sussex Drug Discovery Centre

The Sussex Drug Discovery Centre (originally the Translational Drug Discovery Group) was established in 2011 as part of a major strategic investment within the School of Life Sciences. The group comprises medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology laboratories and plays a pivotal role in the School's translational research strategy which aims to translate a fundamental understanding of disease processes and molecular targets, whether that knowledge resides within the University of Sussex or in UK-based and international academic and industrial institutions, into novel drugs.

For more information, visit the Sussex Drug Discovery Centre site

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The Sussex Energy Group

The Sussex Energy Group undertakes academically rigorous, inter-disciplinary research that engages with policy-makers and practitioners. The aim of our research is to identify ways of achieving the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems whilst addressing other important policy objectives such as energy security. We have funding from a diverse array of sources. We are core partner in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and part of the UK Energy Research Centre.

For more information, visit the The Sussex Energy Group site

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UK Trade Policy Observatory

The UK Trade Policy observatory (UKTPO), is a partnership between the University of Sussex, which has the largest concentration of economic, legal and international relations scholars with trade policy expertise and experience in Britain and Chatham House. Established in June 2016, the Observatory provides independent expert comment and analysis of trade policy proposals for the UK, as well as training for British policy makers and negotiators through tailored training packages. The UKTPO is committed to engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure that the UK’s international trading environment is reconstructed in a manner that benefits all in Britain and is fair to Britain, the EU and the world.

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Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research

The Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research contributes towards improving the health of some of the world¿s poorest people by equipping high-calibre researchers to undertake excellent research that will impact on important, locally relevant global health problems. The centre supports the development of low- and middle income researchers in genomic science within a framework that addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of such research for individuals and their communities.

For more information, visit the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research site

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In addition, the University campus is home to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications.