School of Social Sciences

Research

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: On 17th and 18th September Professor Emily Keightley hosted an AHRC-funded workshop on the circulation of protest memories, which brought together scholars and practitioners interested in the interface of memory, media and protest. The workshop forms part of a series of events organised by the AHRC-funded research networks “Afterlives of Protest”.

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: Dr Alena Pfoser was awarded an ESRC New Investigator award for her project on “Tourism as memory-making: heritage and memory wars in post-Soviet cities.” The project is due to start in January 2020 and will investigate the construction and contestation of cultural memory in transnational touristic encounters, focusing on Russian tourism to three post-Soviet cities: Tallinn (Estonia), Kyiv (Ukraine) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).

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:  Joanna Bullard hosted the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions who visited Greenland in August. The five MPs and two Peers visited Greenland for six days and, as part of their mission to find out more about UK science in the Arctic, spent two days with Jo and colleagues visiting field sites and monitoring stations that form part of the £650,000 NERC-funded dust and Arctic lakes project. For more information click here. 

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: Aija Lulle has published a new book titled Translocal Childhoods and Family Mobility in East and North Europe. The book explores intra-EU mobility and migration crises, builds on ethnographic research with migrant children and their families, and examines cases of privileged and less-privileged childhoods in the age of global migration.

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: Dr Cristina Flesher Fominaya has been invited to Harvard to deliver a workshop at their Learning Innovations Lab (LILA) in October 2018. LILA is a 17-year old research project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that convenes non-competing chief learning officers and chief innovation officers from 25 global organizations (e.g. NASA, Cigna) to push one another's thinking and practices as they consider the future of human development and creativity in the workplace. Each academic year the LILA community explores a topic related to challenges of human and organizational development and invites academic researchers to contribute to their workshops. This year they invited Dr Flesher Fominaya to share insights on harnessing collective mindfulness in organizations, drawn from her world-leading research on collective identity and social action in autonomous/horizontal social movements.