Research Networks

LIAS-funded Research Networks bring together interdisciplinary teams of researchers to develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing societal and global challenges. Networks are funded for up to two years to enable a lively programme of events, workshops, and pump-priming of collaborative research projects.

Current Research Networks

In 2020 we convened an 'Advanced Study Group' (ASG) comprising 19 colleagues from all three Colleges, facilitated by critical collaborators Dr Laura Meagher and Sean Callaghan. The group established core Leicester strengths which informed the subsequent Pandemics Call, and cumulated in a published LIAS Working Paper. Eight successfully awarded Pandemics Research Networks will launch in 2021;

  •  LOSST LIFFE: addressing inequalities at the intersection between law enforcement, mental health and suicide prevention (Lead: Dr Michelle O'Reilly)
  • Co-constructing inequalities and improving well-being post-Pandemic: Children's vision in five Majority Word countries (Lead: Prof Panos Vostanis)
  • PPE Communications; interpersonal communication inequalities and implications (Prof Timothy Coats)
  • Health inequalities and minority communities in Leicester (Leads: Dr Winifred Ekezie, Dr Idil Osman)
  • Reimagining the Homogenocene (Lead: Prof Mark Williams)
  • Air Pollution, viral invasion and microbial-human interaction (Lead: Prof Julie Morrissey)
  • A Manifesto for Pandemic Sexual and Gendered Citizenships (Lead: Prof Gavin Brown)
  • Technological Responses and quality care (Lead: Prof William Green)


Eight projects were funded through the Urgency Response Scheme in 2020. We collaborated with the Creative company Seed to narrate them. Find out more

Other Currently Funded Networks;

  • Migration, Mobility and Citizenship Research Network - This network brings scholars together to generate cohesive and dynamic understanding of migration, mobility, and citizenship both locally and globally. Drawing on lived experiences and the everyday lives of the residents of Leicester, the network will generate innovative approaches to the understanding of how communities and institutions have been transformed by migration in the post-war era.

Past Research Networks

Other networks funded since 2017 include:

  • Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID) - Interdisciplinary expertise from across the university and UHL NHS Trust, microbiology, genetics, structural and chemical biology, mathematical and computational biology, physics, health and social sciences, respiratory medicine, clinical microbiology, and infectious diseases.
  • Identification Network - The Identification Network brings together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals.
  • Heritage Protection Network -The Heritage Protection Network showcased research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments. 
  • Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN) -Bringing together 10 different departments and 3 different colleges, the founding members of LAIN collaborate on studies in technical, social, legal and business-related aspects of AI to develop innovative research.
  • Leicester Prisons Research Network (LPRN) -The LPRN aims to deliver ambitious, transformative and innovative prisons research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.