Strategic research centres

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Sussex’s Research Programmes are the result of substantial strategic investment in areas of existing research strength to build critical mass through further research-led appointments and studentships. They have been designed to address some of the key challenges and opportunities facing contemporary society by bringing together expertise from many disciplines across campus.

Sussex Humanities Lab

The Sussex Humanities Lab is a new interdisciplinary research programme which will investigate developments in the expanded field of the digital humanities. The programme of work will include research around four inter-connected thematic areas: Digital archives/Digital History, Digital media/Computational culture, Digital technologies/Digital performance, Digital lives/Memory and Experience.

For more information, visit the Sussex Humanities Lab site

Sussex Neuroscience

At the University of Sussex, there are over 50 research groups working on the nervous system, and this community is represented by Sussex Neuroscience. Our aim is to further world-class research that will help us understand the nervous system in both health and disease.

For more information, visit the Sussex Neuroscience site

Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

Sussex Sustainability is a new programme, spanning four of the University's Schools (Business, Management & Economics; Global Studies; Life Sciences; Law, Politics & Sociology) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), to develop a world leading programme in sustainability research. Building on distinctive Sussex strengths in multi-disciplinary sustainability research and policy engagement, the programme provides a research environment in which innovative ideas, approaches and solutions develop. The programme’s activities will enhance both the understanding of complex sustainability challenges, and the approaches through which more sustainable development pathways may be negotiated.

For more information, visit the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme site

A University Research Centre is a large scale interdisciplinary grouping of academics undertaking research that is publicly recognised as world-leading in an established area of expertise. University Research Centres address significant international challenges and problems and redefine the parameters of one or more disciplines.

Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Family Research and Prevention Science

The Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre at the University of Sussex has been established thanks to a generous donation from Andrew and Virginia Rudd. The aim of this innovative new Centre is to advance insights into the social, psychological, and community-based processes that play a role in the development and mental health of children and young people across multiple family settings, with a particular emphasis on the specific challenges faced by children and families in transition (e.g. adoption, foster-care, parental separation/divorce). The Centre leads and engages state-of-the-art scientific and practice-based advances to inform knowledge of how adoption, family separation, institutionalisation, foster-care, maltreatment and other family processes influence children's mental health and development, with a core orientation toward improving understanding of how supports may be offered early to those most vulnerable and at-risk (including professionals working with at-risk children and families). A unique and internationally recognised initiative in the UK, the Sussex Rudd Centre is fundamentally directed towards advancing scientific knowledge, practice improvements and policy developments aimed at improving the quality of life and long-term chances of vulnerable children and their families. It is the ambition of the Sussex Rudd Centre to promote its core objectives through three interrelated and complementary domains of activity: 1. Development of research and real-world applications of research findings; 2. Research led training and professional development; 3. Engagement and partnership with community professionals/practitioners, service providers, policy makers, family advocacy agencies, as well as parents, children and families directly. While the Centre has at its core a research focus to its primary activities, it has a bottom-line practice and policy purpose to its outputs. The Centre's work has a UK base, with a global reach to its impacts.

For more information, visit the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Family Research and Prevention Science site

Centre for Global Health Policy

The Centre for Global Health Policy seeks to creatively promote the quality and equality of people's health around the world by advancing rigorous research for improving global health policy. The centre undertakes and promotes research on the global politics of health, making global health policy and power in global health.

For more information, visit the Centre for Global Health Policy site

Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth

CIRCY brings together research, scholarship and expertise on childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-university centre, with a membership that includes researchers from the social and life sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health.

For more information, visit the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth site

Centre for International Education

Education and development in the Global South is the main focus of CIE. Our aim is to undertake research and provide a knowledge hub, insights and findings related to the concerns of lower income countries in different parts of the world seeking to enhance their development. Over the last 20 years, CIE has grown to become one of the largest and most highly rated academic groups of its kind in the UK, with a reputation as a leader in its fields of study and as a centre of excellence.

For more information, visit the Centre for International Education site

Genome Damage and Stability Centre

The GDSC is a research centre investigating the responses of cells to genome damage and their relationship to cancer and other aspects of human disease. The Centre enables scientists of different disciplines to be housed in one building and benefit from mutual interests. Research ranges from studies on the protein molecules that repair DNA inside cells, to the genes that are altered or mutated in cancer cells, through to investigations on cancer-prone people to identify other useful targets in the war against cancer.

For more information, visit the Genome Damage and Stability Centre site

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science represents a new and multidisciplinary approach to clinical intervention and diagnosis, based on the science of the complex brain networks that give rise to consciousness. The Sackler Centre's research follows two interacting strands; one in basic science, and the other in clinical application ultimately focused on developing new innovative treatments.

For more information, visit the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science site

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre

The STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. Our cross-cutting work covers agriculture & food; energy & climate change; health & disease and water & sanitation.

For more information, visit the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre site

Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Migration is a critical issue of our times, and a major interdisciplinary field of enquiry in the social sciences; it epitomises the notion of 'global studies'. For more than a decade, SCMR has led the way in providing rigorous, evidence-based research to document the richness and diversity of the 'migration experience'. Our research findings have multiple purposes: to contribute to the body of academic knowledge on migration; to counter ill-informed views and prejudices over migration; and to provide the policy community with relevant data.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Migration Research site

Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies

The Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies is focused on the exploitation and development of disruptive quantum technologies and members of the centre are part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies site

Sussex European Institute

SEI is the leading research and postgraduate training centre on contemporary European issues. SEI has a distinctive philosophy built on interdisciplinarity, a broad and inclusive approach to Europe, policy-relevance at the academic cutting edge, and integrating the European and the domestic levels of analysis.

For more information, visit the Sussex European Institute site

Regional Research Centres are interdisciplinary groupings undertaking regionally-based research that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour and that has very considerable impacts. They also host research-led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, which enable our students to develop regional expertise; and they are the focal point for the University's international strategy of engagement with the regions themselves, through international student recruitment, researcher and student exchanges, institutional partnerships, and research collaboration.

Sussex Africa Centre

The Sussex Africa Centre is a focal point for research and exchange of ideas among faculty and postgraduate students. It provides a hub for cutting edge scholarship and runs a lively programme of events, including visiting speakers and postgraduate workshops.

For more information, visit the Sussex Africa Centre site

Sussex Asia

The Sussex Asia Centre is a focal point for inter-disciplinary research on Asia. It seeks to promote the exchange of critical ideas relating to Asia and its conceptualisation as a region.The Centre provides a hub for cutting edge scholarship and public debate. It runs a lively programme of events, including talks by visiting speakers, PhD workshops, and specially themed research roundtables.

For more information, visit the Sussex Asia site

Sussex Centre for American Studies

The Sussex Center for American Studies (SCAS) connects scholars and students for disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects, promoting networking (internally and externally) and knowledge exchange in American Studies. We provide an institutional platform for grant applications and the development of postgraduate research and postdoctoral fellowship activity in the field. More generally, SCAS serves as a forum to project American research at Sussex on diverse levels: sponsoring public events at the University and elsewhere, hosting academic visitors from other universities and engaging in public dissemination and discussion.

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

The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex

The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS) brings together scholars and students researching the Middle East and North Africa from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives spread across the humanities and social sciences. It leverages multiple new hires – including a philosopher and an anthropologist studying Islam and five historians studying the Middle East, North Africa, and Israel from differing perspectives – to consolidate, advance, and broaden research, teaching, and engagement activities that would otherwise be fragmented across a disciplinary-focused departments. It is a focal point for international engagement with and about the Middle East and North Africa. In support of its mission to facilitate collaborative research and teaching, as well as support research students, it runs a programme of events including visiting speakers and postgraduate workshops. The MENACS website is under development.