Message from the Dean

Professor Lisanne Gibson

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. It is home to a vibrant academic community of students, scholars and professional services staff. Our research and teaching span the human and physical environmental sciences and humanities, and we address questions at the interface of society and environment from local to global scales. In both our teaching and our research, we work within and across subject and disciplinary groupings. From strong disciplinary foundations, we seek to develop inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives, so as to shape questions and solutions which are relevant to communities, stakeholders, policymakers and academics alike.

Highlights of our research can be found here and include major work of societal impact on defining the living wage, on providing low cost energy solutions in developing countries, media analysis of political issues such as Brexit and recent general elections, and communication and social policy analysis of healthcare and other interventions, including children and vulnerable groups. We have leading research centres in CRCC (Centre for Research in Communication and Culture) and CRSP (Centre for Research in Social Policy) which are known around the world. Longstanding research themes within and across the School include explorations of radical politics and anarchism, urbanisation and development, and there is an emerging focus of interdisciplinary activity relating to migration and identity in a post-truth, post-globalised world. Our environmental work extends from practical approaches to climate change and environmental hazards especially flooding, to the analysis and management of river, lake and desert environments.

As a student in the School, you will be at home within one of our major subject groupings – Geography and Environment, International Relations, Politics and HistoryCommunication and Media, Social and Policy Studies or English, with a choice of 25 undergraduate and 13 post graduate programmes. All of our undergraduate students benefit from the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement and additional language study with the University Language Centre, which is housed in Social Sciences and Humanities. Many students also participate in fieldwork, both in the UK and overseas, as well as studying abroad. After leaving the School, our students continue to succeed in employment and further study.

When you join the School, whether as a student or a colleague, we invite you to share, create and develop our academic community and the many opportunities which this brings.

Professor Lisanne Gibson

Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities