School of Social Sciences


Our research strengths:

Communication and cultures

We are renowned for the breadth of our research across interpersonal and small-group communication, social media, political communication, media education, and mainstream communications.

Spotlight: Andy Chadwick and an interdisciplinary team of nine scholars from CRCC and the Centre for Information Management (CIM) have been awarded a new Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).  Established with a £300,000 award from Loughborough University's Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. Led by Professor Andrew Chadwick, it features a team of ten academic supervisors drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology, and sociology at Loughborough.  The CDT enables interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD students to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and incivility online.  It develops evidence-based knowledge to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. At the same time, it identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media.  For more information visit

Migration, identities and governance

Our expertise is at the forefront of understanding today’s globalized society and the interconnections between nationalism, racism, citizenship, militarism and right-wing movements, identities, and migration.

Spotlight: Ali Bilgic gave a talk in March entitled 'European Migration (Mis)Management: Unintended Consequences, Potential Solutions' in the closed meeting at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Environmental processes and management

We are world leaders in the investigating, modelling and management of hydrological, ecological and geomorphological processes, and the environmental processes that characterize the world’s cold places.

Spotlight:  Dr Matt Baddock is co-investigator on a £793,000 NERC Standard Grant project, called The Origin of Aeolian Dunes (TOAD).  The project includes collaborators at other UK and US universities, and non-academic project partners such as a UN World Heritage Site, Shell, NASA and the Royal Geographical Society.

Families, young people and children

Our research excellence is shaping social policy on the family, young people and children, as well being internationally leading on how lives are shaped and reshaped in diverse geographical contexts in the Global North and South.

Spotlight:  Professor Kate Gough is involved in a Medical Research Council funded project which will establish a ‘UK-Africa network to improve the nutrition of infants and young children living in poverty (NINO LIP) in urbanising sub-Saharan African countries’.  The grant is for worth just under £200,000 and is being led by Professor Paula Griffiths (SSEHS).

Democracy, crisis and security

Our multidisciplinary research leads debate about diplomacy and international governance, peace and conflict, crisis and emergency governance, and political theory.

Spotlight: Visiting fellow to PHIR: Jeremy Speight, Assistant Professor of Political science at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks  Jeremy has been working with Giulia Piccolino (PHIR) for more than a year on rebel governance in Cote d’Ivoire.  Jeremy has been awarded a British Academy visiting fellowship to come to Loughborough.