Our research has local, national and global impact. Our collaborative approach creates world-leading research of the highest quality that creates tangible results.

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Democratic citizenship | Future and emerging technologies | Health and wellbeing | Security and risk | Sustainability and the environment


Democratic citizenship

What does social media mean for our politics?

Dr James Dennis' research has revealed a gap in the centre of popular discussions around social media and politics.

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Brexit: Why EU Investment Doesnt Mean A Vote for the EU

What shapes our feelings about the EU? Our PERCEIVE project has found that communication and identity play the biggest roles in deciding how people feel about Europe.

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Why Game Theory could be the key

Dr Ansgar Wohlschlegel has researched how Game Theory can keep civil disputes out of court, and save both parties involved, and the legal system, a lot of money.聽

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New tactic in the battle against breast cancer

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Vaccine zines

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Past mapped for the present

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Future and emerging technologies

Building intelligence into systems allows them to make the right decision

Artificial intelligence
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New field of astrophysics is answering questions about the origins of the Universe

Universe
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Understanding people to design better prosthetic hands and arms

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Quantum physics is powering the new tech revolution

Quantum physics
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Computing helps children make sense of the world and helps clinicians save lives

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Complementary methods of astronomy help to discover patterns in the Universe

Radio telescopes
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A new way of understanding the Universe

Laura Nuttall observatory
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A life-saving solution in the palm of your hand

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Amateur sleuths muscle up the science of discovery

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Shop til you drop

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Health and wellbeing

Are we close to the greatest discovery since penicillin

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The therapy that could transform facial palsy care

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Diversity straining on its leash

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Life saving NEWS

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Can research ethics survive a pandemic

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Security and risk

Fukushima: Lessons in preventing a nuclear disaster

Professor Ashraf Labib has researched how deadly man-made disasters can be prevented in the future, and explored these findings in relation to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

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The psychological science of better evidence gathering

Professor Lorraine Hope is researching how memory performs in dynamic, high-stress situations, so the emergency services can improve the way they gather evidence, and the quality of it too.聽

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How virtual reality could help cut crime

Dr Claire Nee is using virtual reality to understand the behaviours, thought patterns and emotions of burglars, with the aim of reducing crime, and rehabilitating criminals.

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Independence and violence

Opportunities have been expanding for women across South Asia, and Prof Tamsin Bradley has researched how these changes are affecting the daily lives of South Asian women. Find out more now.

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Sustainability and the environment

Taking a closer look at an often misunderstood material

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Control systems are integrating renewable energy with the power grid

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Showing how a low carbon economy can flourish

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Using maths to help tackle climate change

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Could a mutant enzyme solve the planet's plastic problem?

A collaboration between the Centre for Enzyme Innovation, and the US Department of Energy鈥檚 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created a new mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles faster.

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Driving us closer to greener transport

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The devil's in the details of the deep blue sea

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The world is our oyster

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Britain's burning question

Dr Mark Hardiman is exploring what sort of wildfires Britain can expect from global warming.

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The buck stops on a shop shelf near you

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Ecology - a brand new economy

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Plumbing new depths of sustainable behaviour

Professor John Williams shows how nature can help our wastewater systems work better for people and the planet.

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Airborne microplastics can be found even in the worlds most remote places

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Call of the Wild

Orangutan, photo by Tim Laman, Wikimedia Commons
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Crime fighters go wild

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From rags to environmental riches

Dr Elaine Igoe explains how we鈥檙e making fashion more sustainable through our teaching, design and research.

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Microplastics in our homes

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