Vibrant and inclusive communities

We are at a time of substantial global change and faced with many local, national and international problems. The world is becoming more diverse, more technologically advanced and faces existential threats. It is important that we have vibrant and inclusive communities and bring together creative and communication skills alongside analytical and technological approaches to find novel solutions to societal issues such as wealth inequality, the spread of disinformation and international security.

Researchers at Loughborough University are a trusted source of knowledge and expertise on global societal and cultural issues, informing policy makers, the public and the world’s media on topics of international importance.

Fast-paced technological change represents a fantastic opportunity to improve the lives of the population, but also poses great risks. Advancements in technology such as Artificial Intelligence is a fast-moving policy area, and Loughborough University researchers strive to be at the forefront of this debate.

Inequality is prominent across the country in income, life prospects and access to services. Loughborough University researchers have contributed to this policy debate with interventions on Minimum Income Standards and a Child First Approach to youth justice.

We have also contributed to the policy debate around other societal issues, such as gambling, including the harm caused to children by loot boxes in video games.

The 21st century has witnessed many conflicts across the world. These has led to numerous humanitarian crises and many countries receiving an influx of refugees who attempt to flee. Research into refugees’ experiences in employment is being carried out at Loughborough University, as we seek to gain a better understanding of the practices – good and bad – which take place across the globe.

Loughborough University is home to the Transport Safety Research Centre where our world-leading experts seek to improve safety on our roads for drivers and other users. The Centre currently brings together around 20 academic and research staff plus around 10 PhD students, most of whom are conducting applied research across a wide range of transport safety areas including evidence-based policy-making tools, accident causation research, safer infrastructures, advanced vehicle and road-based safety systems, driver fatigue and the impact of road user behaviour on safety and mobility.

This broad range of expertise has helped and will continue help to inform policy at a local, national and international level.

Policy-relevant work