Centres and Research Units
Durham University's EPSRC funded Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy was launched in October 2009. The current cohort includes students studying in eight different departments from both the science and social science faculties. As part of the multidisciplinary CDT in Energy students have the opportunity to undertake world class research within a specialist department at Durham University, but also to gain a broader knowledge of energy issues from engineering to social aspects. This is provided through a series of internal and external lectures from leading energy researchers, university lecture courses, international conferences, energy site visits, social events, student research seminars and workshops
CeREES Centre for Geoenergy was founded in 2006. The Centre's mission is to work in partnership with industry, research councils, and government to achieve internationally excellent and world leading research in Geoenergy. Since it began, CeREES has attracted £1.3M research income per annum. CeREES is the only research centre in the UK that works across all geoenergy themes, carrying out high level multidisciplinary research in Petroleum, Unconventional Hydrocarbons, Geothermal, Clean Coal, Resources from Waste and Carbon Capture and Storage. CeREES links together research groups across Durham with appropriate institutions and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
The Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) brings together scholars from across and beyond Durham University for wide-ranging interdisciplinary research and debates about visual culture. Durham’s current visual culture research includes the study of word and image, art and religion, medicine and visual representation, film, the history of photography, architecture, urban culture, heritage and philosophical aesthetics. This includes research on Energy Cultural Landscapes and Petrocultures. Find out more about DEI research on Energy Cultural Landscapes.
The Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT) was founded in 2010 in order to direct the Durham University's research strength in plant science towards major challenges, especially food security and industrial plant-biotechnology. DCCIT integrates plant-genetics, cell biology and biochemistry with expertise in chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering to develop technologies for crop improvement. DCCIT is evaluating the factors that limit crop production and coordinating research that targets the foremost challenges. Current DCCIT research emphasises 2 main areas: (1) crop protection/yield-improvement and (2) industrial plant biotechnology.
GPI is a basis for multidisciplinary research focused on the politics, policy and scholarship of contemporary global collective action problems. By bringing together researchers of diverse fields, practitioners and policymakers, GPI aims to establish international leadership in the field of global challenges as well as multilateral and transborder governance arrangements.
The Institute of Advanced Research Computing's mission is to develop and provide Durham University a focal point for interdisciplinary research involving advanced research computing. It aspires to be the catalyst for the development and application of advanced computing across the University, encouraging cross-fertilization of methods and techniques between researchers, and prompting the development of new techniques as computer scientists are exposed to interesting practical research problems in disciplines far removed from their own. An example of research undertaken in collaboration with DEI is Big Data Analytics of Wing Turbine Data.
The aim of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is to enable, develop and support world-leading research and knowledge exchange in hazard, risk and resilience by bringing together academics, practitioners, policy makers and local communities. From earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides to security risks and emerging technologies, the Institute studies hazards and risks increasingly relevant to people’s everyday lives.
DCCIT directs the Durham University's research strength in plant science and bioactive chemistry towards major challenges, especially food security and industrial plant-biotechnology. DCCIT integrates plant-genetics, cell biology and biochemistry with expertise in chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering to develop technologies for crop improvement and protection.