Research centres and groups

Our research centres and groups provide a focus for thematic research that can transcend our School structures and facilitate interdisciplinary approaches. Research Groups or Networks, Research Centres and University Research Centres all undertake world leading research, but at different scales of membership, disciplinary breadth and research income generation. All groups require commitment by their members to develop a long term programme of research activity, providing researchers with the means of achieving visibility and raising the profile of their work in a particular area of expertise.

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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.

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 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

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

Research Centres are interdisciplinary groupings undertaking research that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour and that has very considerable impacts.

Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice

Children and young people who have experienced adoption are a diverse group, and there are still many important gaps in our understanding of how their well-being is influenced by their early experiences and by the adoption process itself. The Rudd Centre is being established in order to advance our understanding of the experiences leading up to and following adoption, with attention to the multiple social contexts that adopted children and young people experience -- at home, at school, in the public care system, and beyond.The Rudd Centre will aim to develop new insights into the cultural, social-relational, cognitive, and emotional processes that play a role in the development of adopted children and young people. It will draw on recent advances in developmental neuroscience and psychology in order to inform our knowledge of how separation, institutionalization, maltreatment and other trauma influence children's development.

For more information, visit the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice site

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

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).

Centre for Early Modern Studies

The Centre for Early Modern 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 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 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 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 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 Responsibilities, Rights and the Law

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 Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law site

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 History of War and Society

The Centre for the History of War and Society is concerned with the everyday experience, memory and representation of modern conflicts and periods of mass violence. The centre's work ranges in time from the American Civil War to the Falklands War, and is informed by national and transnational perspectives. Researchers influence and are influenced by a variety of historical approaches, including new military history, cultural history, history of emotions, visual history, history of memory, social history, economic history, intellectual history, gender history, life history, history of trauma and the history of childhood. The centre is based in the Department of History, but is interdisciplinary in its vision and practice. Members are also drawn from the Department of Art History and from the School of Psychology.

For more information, visit the Centre for the History of War and Society 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

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

Marcus Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American South

Based in the Department of American Studies and the Department of History, the Marcus Cunliffe Centre offers a concentration of scholars of the history of the South unparalleled anywhere outside the United States. The principal purpose of the Cunliffe Centre is to build upon this strength by enhancing research networks between scholars in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and to provide channels for the transfer of knowledge in the field to the broader public.

For more information, visit the Marcus Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American South site

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 Innovation 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.

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.

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 Visual

The Sussex Centre for Visual Fields 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 Sussex Centre for Visual 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 Climate Change Network

Confronting these great challenges requires an understanding of the complex web of scientific, socio-economic, political, technological and policy processes. The Sussex Climate Change Network 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 Sussex Climate Change Network site

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

Research Groups provide a focus for a collection of academics, normally based within a single department, in an emerging or established area of expertise. Research Networks are areas of thematic concentration for a academics distributed across more than one department in an emerging or established area of expertise.

Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Research Group

Research within the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations group concentrates on the nonlinear problems. The focus is on rigorous analysis of mathematical models motivated from applied mathematics involving nonlinear partial differential equations, dynamical systems, evolution equations, geometric measure theory, calculus of variations and their applications in material microstructure, nonlinear elasticity, image processing and financial mathematics.

For more information, visit the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Research Group site

Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre's research interests are tightly focused on the extra-galactic: cosmology and early universe; structure formation; clusters; galaxy formation and evolution. Researchers at the Centre address questions with a full combination of theoretical, numerical and observational techniques.

For more information, visit the Astronomy Centre site

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics research at Sussex University is devoted to the study of fundamental physics and quantum effects using the techniques of atomic and laser physics. Based at the University of Sussex, this group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, visit the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group site

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group

Within this research group there is a close inter-relationship between animal, human and clinical work, and an emphasis on translational research.

For more information, visit the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group site

Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

The Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies reflects significant interdisciplinary and cross-school interest in the histories and cultures of colonialism, and in postcolonial studies. The Centre's remit includes: acting as the forum for a seminar series and for more informal discussions of work in progress among its members supporting existing and potential MA programmes providing an intellectual 'home' for research students in both Arts and Humanities schools hosting occasional international conferences and symposia raising the profile of research at Sussex outside of the university capitalising on Sussex's historic and existing strengths in postcolonial studies, area studies, and imperialism/colonialism.

For more information, visit the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies site

Centre for Computer Graphics

The Centre for Computer Graphics is located in the internationally renowned Department of Informatics and has extensive research and development experience on hardware and software of electronics systems, particularly focused on computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, creative systems we have our own film studios primarily used for video production techniques and web casting, etc.

For more information, visit the Centre for Computer Graphics site

Centre for Literature and Philosophy

The Centre for Literature and Philosophy builds on the University's long tradition of fruitful collaboration between these two disciplines by providing a focus for current research, and developing new areas of enquiry that address issues which arise at the intersection of the two fields.

For more information, visit the Centre for Literature and Philosophy site

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts, official and informal. It places particular enphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion.

For more information, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research site

Cognitive Psychology Research Group

The Cognitive Group has wide-ranging interests in Language and Communication, including Mammal Vocal Communication, Learning, Memory, Attention, Visual Perception and Cognition, and Consciousness. As well as normal adult cognition we study both developmental issues and various pathologies. We use a variety of techniques, including traditional behavioural methods, and modern neuroscientific methods, such as EEG/ERP, TMS, and fMRI.

For more information, visit the Cognitive Psychology Research Group site

Cognitive and Language Processing Systems Group

The Cognitive and Language Processing Systems Group (CALPS) conducts interdisciplinary research on representation and communication systems that mediate humans and computers - including natural language, text based data structures, notations, diagrams and visualisations. A particular focus of the group is the study of meaning within these systems.

For more information, visit the Cognitive and Language Processing Systems Group site

Communications Research Group

The Communications Research Group is based within the Sensor Technology Research Centre in the School of Engineering and Informatics.

For more information, visit the Communications Research Group site

Dementia Research Group

The Dementia Research Group is a group of Researchers based at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School who aim to address knowledge gaps by focusing on greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease in Alzheimer's disease. This network encompasses neuroscientists, structural biologists, psychologists, clinicians and members of the translational drug discovery group.

For more information, visit the Dementia Research Group site

Developmental Genetics Research Group

Work in this group is concerned with the molecular and cellular processes underlying the transformation of the fertilised egg into the complex organism. The group explore how information in the genome is converted into a set of instructions that through guiding collective cell behaviours underlie the formation of tissues, organs and systems in the developing organism.

Developmental and Clinical Psychology Research Group

The Developmental and Clinical Psychology research group has a common aim of advancing theoretical approaches to human development and clinical psychology in order to inform practical interventions to support cognitive, emotional and social growth. Research spans three intertwined areas: Development of cognition and communication Social and Emotional Development Mental Health through the Lifespan

For more information, visit the Developmental and Clinical Psychology Research Group site

Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group

The Dynamics, Control, and Vehicle (DCV) research group is internationally known for its high quality automotive research and fundamental work in dynamics and control. Industrial research sponsors and partners include the EPSRC, the EU, BP, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Garret, Spirax Sarco, Oxford Magnet Technology, Allen-Bradley, and Johnson Matthey. Facilities include four fully-functioning engine test-beds; a full range of emissions measuring equipment; engine calibration and control tools, laser-based vibration measurement hardware, and a suite of computer workstations.

For more information, visit the Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group site

Energy and Materials Chemistry

The principal research thrust of the Energy and Materials Chemistry group concerns the globally transformative issues of energy sustainability and climate change. The Group's activities range widely within the Clean Energy theme and include computational modelling of materials for the nuclear industry and of transition metal complexes for homogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials for hydrogen generation through photocatalytic cleavage of H2O, new photovoltaics through nanoparticle technology and activation of small molecules through coordination to transition metals, lanthanides and actinides.

For more information, visit the Energy and Materials Chemistry site

Evolution Research Group

The Evolution group at the University of Sussex follows the traditions established by John Maynard Smith. The group investigates a number of problems in evolutionary biology using a mix of experiments, analysis and theory. The group has one of the largest concentrations of social insect biologists in the world as wll as a strengths in molecular evolution.

For more information, visit the Evolution Research Group site

Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Research Group

EASY research is concerned with the interfaces between the biological and computational sciences, particularly with reference to furthering the understanding of brains and minds. Research foci include: computational neuroscience; scientific studies of consciousness; clinical applications of neural modelling; systems and computational biology; natural and artificial evolutionary systems; bio-inspired systems and methods; adaptive and cognitive robotics; navigation in insects and robots; theory and application of complex adaptive systems, including in the arts; artificial life; history and philosophy of AI and cognitive science; creative systems; history of cybernetics; dynamical, developmental and embodied approaches to cognition.

For more information, visit the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Research Group site

Experimental Particle Physics Research Group

The Experimental Particle Physics Group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. Our research aims to answer some of the fundamental questions posed by modern physics, such as: What is the origin of mass? Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? What is the nature of the neutrino? Is there physics beyond the Standard Model?

For more information, visit the Experimental Particle Physics Research Group site

Foundations of Software Systems

The Foundations of Software Systems research group focuses on both practical and theoretical aspects of compilation, programming languages, pervasive computing, distributed systems and networking.

For more information, visit the Foundations of Software Systems site

Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group

The Industrial Informatics and Signal Process group (i2sp) promote and develop innovative ideas and place them into commercially viable environments. With multi-disciplinary expertise and the latest technological processes, they provide systems-level solutions to challenging problems in industry, government & business.

For more information, visit the Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group site

Information, Networks and Knowledge

INK is SPRU's ICT research group dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the interactions between innovation in ICT and social, political, economic and market dynamics.

For more information, visit the Information, Networks and Knowledge site

Insect Navigation Research Group

The navigational strategies employed by insects enable them to walk or fly over long distances, find food and return to their nest. To accomplish this they utilise a toolkit of elegant sensory and 'cognitive' strategies. The Insect Navigation Group study these strategies using traditional behavioural experiments as well computational and robotic models.

For more information, visit the Insect Navigation Research Group site

Interactive Systems

The research of the Interactive Systems group aims at understanding and improving the myriad ways that computing now serves humanity. The group operates across traditional discipline boundaries, but crucially sees interactive systems from the point of view of their users. So one major aim is to understand how to make the experience of using computing systems both productive and pleasant.

For more information, visit the Interactive Systems site

Justice and Violence Research Centre

The Justice and Violence Research Centre has a broad research agenda on rights, justice and political violence based on complementary and collaborative research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. The main purposes of the Centre are: to foster individual and collaborative research and publication by faculty in the area of rights, justice, violence and war; disseminate significant research through its Seminar Series (eight each year), annual workshop and 'Working Papers' series; facilitate collaboration with researchers and practitioners beyond the University of Sussex; support students on selected affiliated MA programmes. encourage the recruitment and success of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral researchers in the centre's thematic areas.

For more information, visit the Justice and Violence Research Centre site

Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects

The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex is the largest research group in the UK studying honey bees and other social insects. Social insects are the insects that live in a colony with a queen and workers like many bees, ants, wasps and termites. LASI research studies the honey bee and other social insects "in the round" addressing both applied and basic questions. The applied research is aimed at helping the honey bee and beekeepers, whilst the basic research studies how insect societies function.

For more information, visit the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects site

Learning, Memory and Plasticity Group

This research group is a lose affiliation of senior research neuroscientists and faculty with a common interest in the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of neuroplasticity especially as they relate to learning and memory formation.

For more information, visit the Learning, Memory and Plasticity Group site

Mathematics Applied to Biology Research Group

Research within the mathematics applied to biology group focuses on two broad research areas. The first area of interest is population modelling with a focus on mathematical epidemiology, evolutionary game theory and population genetics. The second area focuses on reaction diffusion equations and dynamical systems with applications in developmental biology and bio-medicine ranging from pattern formation, tumor growth and angiogenesis to biomechanics of the muscle-skeletal system.

For more information, visit the Mathematics Applied to Biology Research Group site

Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre

The ultimate goal of the Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre is to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases and markers of the disease for early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. The group brings leading basic scientists with diverse expertise in Neuroscience, molecular genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, and electron microscopy together with neurologist clinicians to form a vibrant and collaborative environment for research into neurodegenerative diseases.

For more information, visit the Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre site

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Research Group

Research within the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (NASC) group concentrates on the modelling and analysis of problems coming from engineering, the physical and the life sciences. The interests of the group range from rigorous existence and uniqueness analysis of (coupled systems of) PDEs and variational inequalities, through the development and analysis of numerical methods to the implementations of these methods (scientific computing). Current research directions comprise free boundary problems, numerical methods for nonlinear partial differential equations, optimisation with PDE constraints, inverse problems, large scale scattered data approximation and numerical methods for high dimensional problems.

For more information, visit the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Research Group site

Social and Applied Psychology Research Group

Social and Applied Psychology is a field that concerns itself with the attitudes and behaviour of people in their social environments. Above all, it focuses on how people's relationships - with others in their groups or with those who belong to different groups affect behaviour and in turn, how relationships are affected by the social context in which people find themselves. The Social & Applied Psychology Group is one of the largest groups of social and applied social psychologists in the UK. Its work is concerned with theory development, testing, and application in the following four main areas.

For more information, visit the Social and Applied Psychology Research Group site

Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer

The central aim of Sussex Health Outcomes, Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C) is to conduct pragmatic research in psychosocial oncology. The group's work includes helping improve the communication skills of members of cancer teams, developing and evaluating patient interventions, producing educational training materials and measuring quality of life in clinical trials of cancer therapy.

For more information, visit the Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer site

Synaesthesia Research Group

Synaesthesia is a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Studying synaesthesia may help us to understand how the brain segregates and integrates different sensations and thoughts. The Synaesthesia research group here at Sussex look at a wide variety of topics related to the phenomenon, encompassing the neurological and behavioural aspects as well as the potential application of synaesthesia research.

For more information, visit the Synaesthesia Research Group site

Theoretical Particle Physics Research Group

The Theoretical Particle Physics Group's research deals with questions regarding the fundamental constituents of nature and their interactions, such as: What is the origin of the masses of the known elementary particles? What is the quantum theory of gravitation? How did an asymmetry between matter and antimatter develop in the early universe? How can we test these ideas at experiments, such as the Large Hadron Collider, or the Planck Satellite? TPP has close ties with both the experimental particle physics group as well as the astronomy centre here in Sussex. We are a member of the the NExT institute, including particle theory and experimental groups at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London and Southampton University.

For more information, visit the Theoretical Particle Physics Research Group site

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre

The Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) is a dedicated research laboratory specialising in both fundamental and applied research in thermofluids. The group has expertise in the areas of aerodynamics and heat transfer is generally applied to research in gas turbine technology. There is a particular emphasis on gas turbine internal air systems and modelling of aeroacoustics and combustion.

For more information, visit the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre site

Translational Drug Discovery Group

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 Translational Drug Discovery Group site

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