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Research areas

Our world-leading social science research includes work on:


Key groups conducting social science research into health include the Centre for Ethnic Health Research, SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement Research), and the researchers in the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour.

Policing, intelligence and security

The schools of Criminology (including the Centre for Hate Studies) and Politics and International Relations both support academics conducting high quality research spanning topics of policing, intelligence and security

Urban and rural transformation

Leicester’s Urban and Rural Transformation researchers are based in the Centre for Urban History, the Leicester Medieval Research Centre, and the Department of Geography.

Diversity, equality and rights

Research focusing on Diversity, Equality and Rights spans several academic departments, disciplines and sub themes. Our Sociology department specialises in Citizenship, Migration and Identity, the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health focuses on equity in health and healthcare, whilst the Law school explore issues of human rights and European Law.

Work and employment

Our research focusing on work and employment includes examining employment in the emerging creative industries and new media professions, innovation in transformational economies, wider trends in work and employment in contemporary society, and management and organisation. 

Environment and climate change

Our Anthropocene Research Group is a partnership between social science researchers and those from other disciplines researching global challenges and exploring the complex ways in which socio-economic ecosystems impact the Earth System. Researchers in the Department of Geography undertake research focusing on Environmental Governance and Social Justice.

Cross Midlands collaboration

ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts have been awarded to four social science research Universities in the Midlands region. These are Aston, Leicester, Coventry and Warwick. Collectively they have been awarded £5m over five years to develop the impact of their social science research.

The four institutions are committed to working together under the umbrella ‘Midlands IAA group’ to ensure a co-ordinated approach to supporting the festival of social sciences, delivering impact training, and cross midland impact initiatives are delivered.

Contact us

For all enquiries about the Impact Acceleration Account, including about opportunities to work with University of Leicester social scientists, please email

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