Our research uses the arts and humanities to inform our understandings of the past in the present, and addressing social differences and inequalities, health challenges, and environmental developments for the future.

Selected projects

Understanding the past

  • Clifford: Three Thousand Years of Rubbish and Ritual in the Thames: A Long Durée Investigation of Riverine Deposition Powered by Collaborative Partnerships
  • Cochrane: Visualising Violence and Memories of Mau Mau: The Kenyan Emergency and Representations of the British Empire, 1952-2020
  • Davies: Why Hillforts? A Comparative Synthesis of Hillforts in their Landscape and Social Contexts
  • Marriott: Modern Performance Reception of Ovidian Scenes of Sexual Violence
  • Morgan: The Midlife Woman in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Periodical Culture, and Medical Discourse
  • Phillips: The Insular Processional: The Survival and Transmission of Anglo-Saxon Processional Liturgy After the Norman Conquest
  • Walker: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Magic Bowls of Late Antiquity: Uncovering the Lost Theoretical Underpinnings of the Practice Using Digital Methods
  • Walters: Black Banners and Letters of Marque: Unlocking the World of Privateers and Pirates in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries


  • Body: The Phenomenology of Social Distancing in the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Bradwell (DTP1): An Exploration of the Cultural Value of Intergenerational Arts for People Living with Dementia
  • Cartwright: Examining how Participatory Artists Work with People Affected by Trauma
  • Fletcher: Writing Pain
  • Holland: The Performance of Gender Through Popular Music Alter Egos: Queering Binary Performance
  • Livesley: Disability as Oppression
  • Ragazzon: Transitional Lifeways and Identity Construction in the Early Neolithic of the Eastern Fertile Crescent: an Interdisciplinary Study of Human Diet, Activity and Health
  • Sully: The Presentation and Representation of Disabled Persons within Video Games and the Video Game Community
  • Ye: Assessing the Impact of Different Audio Description Strategies on Conveying Humour: A China-based reception study

The environments around us

  • Buck: Regenerative Architecture: learning about moss: exploring the link between the climate crisis, education and participatory architectural practice
  • Gomez: Indigenous People and the Protection of Biodiversity in International Law
  • Holly: Towards an Integrated Marine Policy: Heritage and the Environment
  • Jarvis-Campbell: The Ethics of Low-Income Animal Agriculture
  • Lorenzetti: Building Space Out of Nowhere: new directions for space emergence in fundamental physics
  • Moore: Islands in the Wildwood: A Non-Anthropocentric Study of the Prehistoric Calcareous Wetlands of North-West Europe
  • Tabak: Cultural Imaginations and Social Perceptions of Insect Decline from the 1960s Onwards
  • Villette: Radioactive Ruins of La Hague: Toxic Landscape and Cold War Legacy

Social identities and social inequalities

  • Chatzinikola-Iliopoulos: Does International Human Rights Law Realise Children’s Rights to Participation in Children-led Climate Change Litigation?
  • Davin: The Consequences of Classifying: feedback and stabilisation in the metaphysics of gender
  • Frazer: From Playing Football to Gender Equality: empowering women in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro
  • Gittner: Manufacturing Dis-Content: sculpture as a tool for counter propaganda in public protest
  • Godfrey: Material potentials: expressing transgender and non-binary identity through textile practice
  • Mathers: Homemaking in the Wake: literary and ethnographic representations of refugee emplacement processes in the UK
  • Pulman-Slater: Sounding Welsh in Welsh: prosodic transfer effects in Cardiff Welsh English speakers’ developing Welsh
  • Pyner: Intermediality and the Racial Other in Women’s Contemporary Accounts of War
  • Quigley: An Investigation into Participation and Inclusion in Social Change Organisations
  • Shakespear: Exhibiting Absence: the anti-colonial spaces left by repatriation
  • Trombin: Onward Christian Soldier? An intersectional analytical response to hyper-masculine discourse in global ‘Muscular Christian’ men’s groups
  • White: Queer Space: poetry and reparative practice

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