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

We currently support three research networks:

Artificial Intelligence Network (AIRN) -Bringing together 10 different departments and 3 different colleges, the founding members of AIRN 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.

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.