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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Research Centres

Centres are smaller than Research Institutes and cross Departmental but not necessarily Faculty boundaries. To achieve Centre status, an academic grouping needs to have an interdisciplinary approach to solving a major problem of technological, social or cultural significance, to have a strategy for impact and to build collaborations nationally and internationally.

The document below contains a short paragraph describing the work of each Centre. Alternatively, please click on the hyperlinks in the table below to be taken to each Centre's website.

Research Centres

CentreHost department/schoolContact
Advanced Instrumentation, Centre for Department of Physics Prof Ray Sharples
Banking, Institutions and Development, Centre for Business School Professor Dennis Philip
Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre Department of Anthropology Professor Jo Setchell
Catholic Studies, Centre for (CCS) Department of Theology and Religion Professor Paul D. Murray
Chinese Law and Policy, Centre for Durham Law School Professor Ming Du
Classical Reception, Durham Centre for Department of Classics and Ancient History Dr Edmund Richardson
CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology Department of Theology and Religion Revd Dr Peter Phillips
Coevolution of Biology and Culture, Centre for the Department of Anthropology Dr Jeremy Kendal
Commercial & Corporate Law, Institute for Durham Law School Prof John Linarelli
Communications Systems, Centre for School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Professor Sana Salous
Contemporary Chinese Studies, Centre for School of Government and International Affairs Dr Gordon C.K. Cheung
Criminal Law & Justice, Centre for Durham Law School Mr Nicholas Hoggard
Crop Improvement Technology, Centre for Department of Biosciences Professor Ari Sadanandom
Death and Life Studies, Centre for (CDLS) Department of Theology and Religion Professor Douglas James Davies
Developmental Disorders, Centre for Department of Psychology Professor Deborah Riby
Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) Durham Law School Professor Deryck Beyleveld
Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology (DCBT) Department of Biosciences Prof PJ Hussey
Durham European Law Institute Durham Law School Dr Pierre Schammo
Durham Geochemistry Centre Department of Earth Sciences Prof Kevin Burton
Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE) School of Education Prof Stephen Gorard
Durham University Neuroimaging Centre Department of Psychology Professor Amanda Ellison
Economic Growth & Policy, Centre for Business School Professor Parantap Basu
El Sharaani Centre for Ethical Finance, Accountability and Governance Business School Professor Omneya Abdelsalam
Environmental and Energy Economics, Centre for Business School Prof Riccardo Scarpa
Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Centre for the (CECH) Department of Philosophy Professor Geoffrey Scarre
UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham
Experimental Methods in Business Research, Centre for Business School Prof Jason Shachat
Extragalactic Astronomy, Centre for Department of Physics Prof David Alexander
Global Infectious Disease, Centre for Department of Chemistry Dr Steven Cobb
Dr Paul Denny
Global Policy Institute School of Government and International Affairs Professor David Held
Professor Robert Schütze
History of Medicine and Disease, Centre for the (CHMD) School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Department of Philosophy
Professor Holger Maehle
History of Political Thought, Centre for the School of Government and International Affairs Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson
Human Rights Centre Durham Law School Professor Gavin Phillipson
Humanities Engaging Science and Society, Centre for (CHESS) Department of Philosophy Professor Nancy Cartwright
Professor Julian Reiss
Humanities Innovation, Centre for (CHI) School of Modern Languages and Cultures Dr Caitríona Ní Dhúill
IBRU: Centre for Borders Research Department of Geography Professor Philip Steinberg
Innovation and Technology Management, Centre for Business School Professor Christos Tsinopoulos
Institutions and Political Behaviour, Centre for School of Government and International Affairs Dr Gidon Cohen
Integrated Health Care Research, Centre for (CIHCR) School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professor James Mason
Intercultural Mediation, Centre for (CIM) School of Modern Languages and Cultures Dr Binghan Zheng
Iranian Cultural Studies, Centre for Department of Archaeology Dr Derek Kennet
Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) - Durham/Newcastle Department of Physics Prof Charles Adams
Leadership & Followership, Centre for Business School Professor Robert Lord
Learning and Memory Processes (LAMP) Department of Psychology Dr Alexander Easton
Local Governance, Institute for Business School Professor John Mawson
Materials Physics, Centre for Department of Physics Professor Stewart Clark
Medical Education, Centre for School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professor Jan Illing
Medical Humanities, Centre for School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professor Jane Macnaughton
Methodological Research in the Social Sciences, Centre for Department of Sociology Professor Tiago Moreira
Modern Conflicts and Cultures, Centre for Department of English Studies Dr James Smith
Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics, Centre for School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dr Chris Groves
Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for (CNCS) Department of Music Professor Bennett Zon
Particle Theory, Centre for Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
Richard Keith Ellis
Simon Ross
Poetry and Poetics, Centre for (CPP) Department of English Studies Professor Stephen Regan
Polymer & Soft Matter Research, Centre for Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
Dr Kislon Voitchovsky
Dr Mark Miller
Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja
Public Policy & Health, Centre for School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professor D J Hunter
Quantitative Research in Financial Economics, Centre for Business School Professor Julian Williams
Research into Earth Energy Systems, Centre for Department of Earth Sciences Prof Andrew Aplin
Research into Violence and Abuse, Centre for Department of Sociology Professor Nicole Westmarland
Research Methods Centre Dr Jeremy Kendal
Sex, Gender & Sexualities, Centre for Department of Sociology Dr Mark McCormack
Professor Maggie O'Neill
Sleep Lab Department of Anthropology Prof Helen L. Ball
Social Justice & Community Action, Centre for Department of Sociology Professor Sarah Banks
Spirituality, Theology and Health, Centre for (CSTH) Department of Theology and Religion Professor Christopher C. H. Cook
Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, Centre for the (CAMNE) Department of Classics and Ancient History Dr Kathryn Stevens
Sustainable Chemical Processes, Centre in Department of Chemistry Prof. Andrew Whiting
The Michael Ramsay Centre for Anglican Studies Department of Theology and Religion Canon Professor Michael Snape
Vision and Visual Cognition, Centre for Department of Psychology Professor Bob Kentridge
Visual Arts and Cultures, Centre for (CVAC) School of Modern Languages and Cultures Professor Janet Stewart
Work, Organisation Ethics and Society, Centre for Business School Professor Geoff Moore
XRDur (Durham X-ray Centre) Department of Physics Prof Peter Hatton
Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art and Culture Professor Stefano Cracolici