Research centres, institutes and networks

Our research institutes and centres have been created to address global challenges facing society, today and in the future. They are often interdisciplinary, with external collaboration and funding, and have earned international recognition.

Name Acronym Description
Acoustics Group Acoustics is a diverse subject with many research areas. The group is concerned with architecture-related acoustic fields, including:
  • computer simulation and auralisation
  • soundscape and acoustic comfort
  • social and psychological aspects of sounds
  • industrial and environmental noise prediction and control
  • large scale noise mapping
Adaptive Behaviour Research Group
ABRG Our aim is to form an understanding of animal and human behaviour by studying computer models of neural circuits and the behaviour patterns of robots using these models. We are a multi-disciplinary group drawing on ideas from computational neuroscience, adaptive behaviour, neuroscience, ethology, evolutionary biology, connectionism and robotics.
Advanced Additive Manufacturing, Centre for AdAM Conducts world leading research in the fast emerging field of Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D Printing).
Advanced Computing Research Centre ACRC Bringing together industry and research. A multidisciplinary group of research in the areas of Complex Simulation, Data Text and Analysis and Quality Assurance and Testing. The centre works with industry to fast forward research into business benefit with the ability to work on long and short term industrial projects as required.
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing AMRC Identifying, researching and resolving advanced manufacturing problems for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors.
Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) A facility to promote the collaboration between industry and academia, and provide a platform for access to policy makers in order to meet the challenge of promoting resource efficiency and sustainability across supply chains.
Algal Biotechnology Sheffield Network ABS A multidisciplinary group of science and engineering researchers contributing to the field of biotechnology and applied phycology, particularly for the development of algal biofuel. The network aims to increase collaboration and communication across the University to enhance research in this exciting area.
Algebra
The group has worked extensively on tight closure and related questions in commutative algebra. Another major theme is the study of local cohomology; this connects with the work of the Topology group via the work of Greenlees on the local cohomology of equivariant cohomology rings. On the noncommutative side, the group has studied classes of rings such as (generalised) Weyl algebras, rings of difference operators, quantum algebras, and Frobenius skew polynomial rings.
Analysis
The analysis group is a school-wide collection of mathematicians who share a common interest in the development and use of analytic techniques. We encompass real, complex, functional, harmonic, numerical and stochastic analysis; operator algebras and analytic K-theory; analysis on groups, graphs, manifolds and other structures; ordinary, partial and stochastic differential equations; chaos, fractals and dynamical systems; applications of analytic methods to concrete problems in e.g. number theory, topology, probability theory, fluids and physics.
Antenna Interface Standards Group AISG The Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG) was established to create an open specification for the control interface of 3G antenna line products. The group currently comprises almost 50 full members and 7 associate members, representing manufacturers, OEMs and Network Operators.
Arthur Willis Environment Centre A wide range of topics are studied at the Centre. These include investigations aimed at understanding social insect behaviour and pathology, the role of symbiotic fungi in plant interactions, and research into improving crop plants.
Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, Centre for CATCH CATCH is researching new user-friendly technologies to enable people to live independently.
Astro-particle theory and cosmology Our main research interests and activities include particle astrophysics: particle models for dark matter and prospects for its detection, formation and structure of dark matter halos; early Universe and brane world cosmology, inflation, particle relics; dark energy: cosmological consequences and observational constraints on diverse models; quantum gravity, black holes, quantum field theory in curved space; particle theory beyond the Standard Model, supersymmetry, grand and string unification, SUSY signatures in rare processes and in collider searches.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Group Our research interests cover two broad themes, the building blocks of galaxy evolution, and high time resolution astrophysics.
Active Touch Laboratory at Sheffield ATL@S The Active Touch Laboratory uses methods in animal behaviour, neuroethology, human psychophysics, computational modelling and robotics to investigate tactile sensing in animals, people and intelligent machines. Current research is primarily focused on understanding, and building robot analogs of, the mammalian vibrissal (whisker) system.
Bakhtin Centre Studying and developing theories of culture in Russia and the USSR, and researching the work of the Russian philosopher and theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle.
Bateson Centre The world’s first lifecourse biology centre, studying mechanisms of change throughout life in order to maintain health and treat disease.
Bayesian Statistics in Health Economics, Centre for CHEBS Research focused on applying Bayesian methods in health economics and related research.
Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab The Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab is an interdisciplinary collection of individuals interested in how and why behaviours evolve. We are interested in behaviours and behavioural mechanisms, and their evolutionary function.
Biochemistry and Biotechnology Transferring our understanding of living systems into applied science.
Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility biOMICS

A specialised service utilising state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to accelerate protein and metabolite research.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Centre for CBTE Bringing together scientists, engineers and clinicians in biomaterials; tissue engineering; devices, implants & bioreactors; stem cells; imaging and analysis; and computational systems biology.
Biomechanics Research Group Key research themes within this group include biomechanics, computational modelling, medical image registration and mechanobiology.
Biophysics Working with experimental physicists and biologists in Sheffield and elsewhere, we use analytical theory and computation to model biological systems. Our aim is to construct simple models that capture the physical mechanisms involved.
Blast and Impact Dynamics Extensive experimental and analytical facilities exist for research into various aspects of blast and impact.
Care 2050 A Sheffield City Region-wide initiative that will help provide innovative solutions for health, wellness and social care. Care 2050 is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, the NHS and local government.
Category Theory The group works on triangulated categories, Quillen model categories, various types of higher categories and other aspects of category theory, often with a view to applications in homotopy theory. The group has also worked extensively on operads.
CBMNet (Crossing Biological Membranes Network) The Crossing Biological Membranes Network at Sheffield is designed to foster collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.
Cell-Mineral Research Centre C-MRC A virtual research centre studying the life and function of microbes that inhabit solid surfaces.
Cellular Mechanics Microfluidics CMM Our cellular mechanics research can be divided into two categories:
  • Intracellular mechanics deals with the mechanical properties of cells, which are known to be altered in disease and aging.
  • Extracellular mechanics makes use of the mechanical properties of the extracellular environment to control cell behavior and function
    Our interest also lies in the development of microfluidic tools for diagnostic and tissue engineering purpose.
Cement and Concrete, Centre for CCC Offers a wide range of research services to government and industry in cement and concrete.
Ceramics and Composites Laboratory CCL A major EPSRC supported research group, whose particular research strengths cover the broad areas of ceramics, glasses, polymers and polymer matrix composites.
Chemical Biology Cluster Our research in chemical biology is aimed at understanding at the molecular level the fundamental chemical issues of structure, recognition, reactivity and catalysis which govern biological processes from genetic information storage to enzyme catalysis.
Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interface ChELSI Enhancing interactions between chemical engineers and biologists across strategically important research themes, from wastewater to the treatment of disease.
Climate and Cryosphere Members of staff conduct research within the theme of climate and cryosphere, covering periods from the Pleistocene, or earlier, through current glaciological and climate processes to the future. A key strength of this theme is a strong track record in the use of a range of approaches from field and laboratory investigations, through Earth Observation, GIS analysis and numerical modelling at regional scales to global coupled climate modelling.
Cold War Cultures This network aims to act as a clearing house of information and as a facilitator for discussion across the traditional disciplinary and geographical boundaries, thus improving the quality of interdisciplinary and transnational discussions about the cultures of the Cold War.
Communications Research Group Research activities are addressing exciting topics such as cognitive radio, green radio systems, vehicle communications, smart surfaces, body worn systems, wireless friendly buildings and medical electromagnetics.
Composite Systems Innovation Centre CSIC Dedicated to innovation in the science of composite materials, from fundamental research to large-scale industrial manufacturing.
Computational Biology Group The Computational Biology group uses computational and mathematical approaches as tools to understand how biological systems work. Our interests range from studying neurons in the brain to modelling the function of the heart. We aim to understand the evolution of populations and swarm behaviour in insect colonies, including the performance of biologically-inspired paradigms for optimisation.
Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine, Centre for CISTIB CISTIB performs cutting-edge research in areas of fundamental and applied biomedical imaging & modeling with impact in personalized minimally invasive therapies and active and healthy ageing.
Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research in this field is driven by environmental / sustainability issues and the development of new materials and reinforcements for concrete structures.
Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics The Crick Centre studies and promotes the public understanding of politics, cultivating debate and encouraging engaged citizenship around the world.
Criminological Research, Centre for CCR A focal point for theoretical and applied research into criminology and criminal justice, contributing at the highest levels to criminological knowledge and policy development.
Critical Psychology and Education, Centre for Located in the School of Education, members of our research centre approach education very broadly, from informal and community based settings and grass-roots programmes to traditional institutions and formal curricula. Our interests offer distinctive possibilities for understanding these developments by bringing together researchers in educational psychology, critical disability studies, curriculum and policy studies, philosophy, sociology, childhood studies, mental health, social and family work.
Differential Geometry Differential Geometry at Sheffield is concerned with new structures developed in response to recent work in mathematical physics and fundamental problems in differential geometry.
Dynamics Research Group DRG The group conducts research into vibrations and the dynamics of structures. The main areas of research are: nonlinear dynamics, structural health monitoring, active and passive vibration control and smart materials and structures.
Early Childhood Education, Centre for Research in The Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education incorporates researchers whose work crosses, and intersects with, a range of disciplines, methodologies and theoretical frameworks.
Ecology and Environment Research Grouping The work of this group is at the forefront of addressing some of the key environmental challenges facing humankind at the present time. These include ensuring provision of the ecosystem goods and services that the growing human population requires; maintaining biodiversity in the face of global environmental change and controlling the spread both of established and emerging diseases.
Ecosystem Dynamics and Biogeochemistry Key themes of the cluster are: the interaction between biological and physical processes in cold regions and fluvial environments; glacial hydrology, ecology and biogeochemistry; ecosystem response to environmental change; human impacts on ecosystems and the services that they provide, and; ecosystem management and restoration.
Eighteenth-Century Studies Group The Eighteenth-Century Studies Group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University of Sheffield. They cover the long eighteenth century - from c.1650 to 1850 - with particular strengths in British, American and European history.
Electrical Energy Storage and Applications, Centre for Research into CREESA The Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage & Applications is one of the UK’s leading research centres on all aspects of electrical energy storage. It includes the unique £4.8m Battery Energy Storage Demonstrator – a 2MW grid-connected research facility that uses a lithium titanate battery.
Electrical Machines & Drives EMD The Group undertakes fundamental and applied research on enabling technologies which are likely to be central to future developments in electrical power engineering. Its strategy, therefore, is to maintain a balanced portfolio of projects on a broad range of research topics, and to promote pullthrough of its R&D to commercial exploitation and applications encompassing different market sectors.
Electronic and photonic molecular materials research group EPMM EPMM has a long-standing interest in many aspects of the physics and technology of organic semiconductors and organic optoelectronic devices. Current research programmes include study into organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs), organic field-effect transistors (FETs) and organic photonic devices.
Emergency Medicine Research in Sheffield (EMRiS) EMRiS EMRiS is a research group based in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). We aim to improve the quality of emergency care through our research.
Engineering Complexity Resilience Network ENCORE ENCORE Network+ addresses risk and resilience in complex engineered systems (CES).
Energy 2050 Energy 2050 explores how we can move to a secure, low-carbon energy system. The initiative addresses the energy triple challenge of of delivering affordable, secure and sustainable energy.
Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Centre for CEES Researching, developing, and deploying innovative ways of advancing the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability for a low carbon future.
Environmental Dynamics Research of this group is well known in the areas of Synthetic Aperture Radar, HF Radar Remote sensing, Turbulent diffusion and Meteorology. Some of its research is facilitated by NERC Centre of excellence for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics and the group members enjoy a wide range of research collaborations.
EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies Provides access to world-class expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for UK universities and industry.

Eukaryotic Cell Biology

We offer a wide range of genetic and biochemical approaches to investigate fundamental processes in eukaryotic cells of microbes and multicellular organisms.
Evolution and Behaviour Research Grouping The focus of this research group is on the evolutionary, genetic and functional bases of behaviour, adaptation and speciation. Research topics include sexual selection and sexual conflict, ecological immunity, cooperative behaviour, evolutionary genomics of adaptation and evolutionary developmental biology.
The Florey Institute In 1941 Sir Howard Florey, former Chair of Pathology at the University of Sheffield, conducted the first ever clinical trials of penicillin – a drug which would go on to save more than 82 million lives worldwide. Inspired by Florey’s pioneering work, the Florey Institute aims to make life-saving advances in understanding how infectious agents interact with their hosts to cause disease and to translate these discoveries into new treatments.
Fluid Dynamics   This group's research covers a wide spectrum of topics in fluid dynamics. It covers vortex dynamics and turbulence, including basic problems of the Navier-Stokes equations, differential geometric characterisation of Lagrangian stability and possible singularity formation in Euler flows. The group also has interests in engineering fluid dynamics, particularly in microfluidic rheology and in interfacial flows, including the Marangoni effect. Acoustic waves, for example digitised speech patterns, are also studied.
Food Futures (The University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures) SHEFF The University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures is an interdisciplinary research cluster of engineers, social scientists, biologists and health scientists aiming to deliver resilient, sustainable agri-food systems that provide sufficient safe, affordable and nutritious food to all the people of the world.
Freedom of the Media, Centre for CFOM Studies issues of media freedom and standards to illuminate where news media freedom is undermined or abused and to examine news media standards of independence and truthfulness.
Gender Research, Centre for CGR The interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Research started life as a network, in 2006, before becoming a centre more recently. The Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary social science research and training at the University of Sheffield.
Gender Studies in Europe, Centre for The centre researches gender issues in the European context, ranging from specific interests in particular European states through to questions of European integration, citizenship and cultures.
Genomics and Nucleic Acids From genome-wide studies to the molecular fundamentals of DNA damage and micro-RNAs.
Glass Research, Centre for Provides a national and international focus for our research on glass science and technology.
Global Humanities Initiative

The Global Humanities Initiative brings together world-leading expertise in the arts, humanities and social sciences to address global challenges. Much of our research deals with these questions by exploring the creative products of the human imagination, such as literature, art and philosophy: how we imagine and create our world, and our history; how different people and societies have done that differently; and how these imaginative resources might offer important perspectives on the challenges of contemporary society.

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures GCSF Interdisciplinary collaboration between the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the University of Sheffield. Aims to advance the science of sustainability and connect it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way.
Green Roof Centre The National Centre of Excellence for green roofs - promoting green roof development and implementation.
Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group GPRG The GPRG seeks to make a practical contribution to the protection, restoration and sustainable management of groundwater through international quality scientific research, supported by engineering applications and wide dissemination.
Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies Supporting research on fundamental issues concerning the nature of cognition, such as the nature and organisation of the human mind and the relation between culture and the mind.
Health Information Management Research, Centre for CHIMR Undertakes research and education to improve the management and use of information within worldwide healthcare.
Higher Education, Centre for the Study of
Researching a broad range of related studies in higher education and lifelong learning.
History of the Gothic, Centre for the The centre was inaugurated in June 2014 and brings together colleagues from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who have an interest in the historical and national contexts in which the Gothic of the eighteenth century emerges and the influence that it had on the nineteenth century Gothic.
Humanities Research Institute HRI Supporting interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities, and home to cutting-edge research projects using innovative digital technologies.
Imagine: Imaging Life Developing and applying novel biological and medical imaging approaches to help scientists discover new insights at a resolution which was never previously possible. Imagine will combine three fundamentally different – but very complementary – advanced imagining techniques to push the boundaries of our biological understanding at a molecular level.
Industrial Strategy Commission A collaboration between Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and the University of Manchester. The Industrial Strategy Commission will carry out an independent, authoritative inquiry into the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK.
Inorganic Semiconductors Group The Inorganic Semiconductors Group is active in a variety of topical areas in semiconductor physics, photonics and the control of interaction between light and matter. The activities encompass both fundamental and applied research, ranging from single quantum dot and single photon phenomena to quantum cascade and quantum dot laser physics and device physics.
Institute for in silico Medicine INSIGNEO The INSIGNEO Institute for in silico medicine develops computational models capable of predicting the health status of each individual. These models are used for the personalised prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, in a process that is fundamentally transforming healthcare. INSIGNEO is pursing the scientific ambition behind the Virtual Physiological Human initiative.
Institute of Work Psychology IWP Developing and testing theories on the effects of work on employee well-being and performance, combining scientific quality with practical relevance.
Intelligent Systems, Decision and Control Research Group ISDC The group is internationally renowned for its work on multi-objective evolutionary optimization algorithms, intelligent health monitoring and fault diagnosis, decision support systems for biomedicine, information processing and computational data modelling. The group also undertakes research into decision support systems for socio-economic, healthcare and manufacturing systems, control and optimization and smart materials.
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences ICOSS The first large scale dedicated facility for social science research in the UK, accommodating over 100 researchers in multidisciplinary teams.
Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-digital worlds, Centre for IRiS The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-digital worlds (IRiS) addresses the ways in which dimensions of social and technological worlds interact in economic, political, social, and cultural life. The development of digital services is interacting with broader social change often subsumed in terms such as Information Society, Knowledge Economy and Digital Culture.
International Policy Research, Centre for CIPOL Conducts research at the boundaries between Politics and International Studies, such as governance, migration, security, political identities and regional integration.
Journalism and History, Centre for the Study of Uses journalism both as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse.
Krebs Institute A multidisciplinary research centre with an overall theme of mechanistic biology. Mechanistic biology studies basic, life-governing, processes from the cellular to the atomic level. Such an approach requires a synergy of skills and expertise from across the scientific disciplines. At the heart of the Krebs is the mission to foster and facilitate research from fundamental biological, chemical and physical studies, through to translation into biotechnological and medical applications.
Kroto Research Institute A research facility for engineering science at the interfaces between molecular science, engineering application and social impact.
Kroto Centre for High Resolution Imaging and Analysis
The Kroto Centre for High Resolution Imaging and Analysis is an advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facility set up to conduct research at the forefront of world-leading resolution. The centre houses the JEOL Z3100R05 “R005” 80-300kV transmission electron microscope equipped with two aberration correctors (for ultra-high resolution) and a cold field-emission gun (for brighter illumination and improved energy resolution).
Law in Society, Centre for the Study of CLIS A focal point for socio-legal research, contributing at the highest levels to socio-legal knowledge and policy development.
The Leonardo Centre for Tribology Specialises in research and development in tribology and surface engineering to support industry and society.
Lighting Research The lighting research group predominantly focuses on the need for, quality, and effect of, artificial light in both interior and exterior contexts.
Linguistic Research, Centre for Brings together linguistics researchers to study the related areas of theoretical and applied linguistics.
Literacies, Centre for the Study of CSNL Exploring new ways of conceptualising literacy and looking at ways in which new technologies are impacting on literacy practices.
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Research Centre LCSM Focused on researching, developing and applying leading edge work on logistics and supply chain management, nationally and internationally.
Low Carbon Combustion Centre LCCC The Low Carbon Combustion Centre, an initiative by the University of Sheffield, is Europe’s leading facility for novel combustion and low carbon technology. LCCC is committed to providing industry with expert research into power, fuel, energy efficiency and, ultimately, the reduction in carbon emissions.
Low Dimensional Structures and Devices Group LDSD The LDSD Group carries out leading-edge research in the physics and applications of semiconductor nanostructures, with particular emphasis on novel opto-electronic phenomena.
Luxembourg Studies, Centre for Studies the multilingualism and multiculturalism of Luxembourg, coupled with the on-going promotion of the national language.
Machine Learning ML Machine Learning aims to develop algorithms which automatically learn to recognize complex patterns in data, and use these to make intelligent decisions.
The Magnetic Oxides Group The group is interested in magnetic oxide semiconductors and also rare earth manganites. We grow films by pulsed laser deposition and study the magnetic and transport properties as a function of temperature. We also study the optical properties of the films including magneto-optical effects as a function of temperature.
Manufacturing and Design Group Research in manufacturing technology focuses on additive manufacturing, composites and machining and spans a wide range of technology readiness levels from fundamental to applied research. This includes a number of activities with the University's multi-million pound Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Our design activities include close interaction with the University's Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Modelling (INSIGNEO).
The Mathematical Biology Group The Mathematical Biology Group uses a wide range of mathematical and statistical approaches to study questions in biology and medicine.
Medical Care Research Unit MCRU The Medical Care Research Unit has been conducting high quality health services research for almost 50 years. Our aim is to carry out research that influences health care practice and policy for the benefit of NHS patients and the public. We describe and evaluate services and technologies to measure the impact on patient outcomes, service effectiveness and the wider social and economic effects.
Medical Humanities Sheffield A cross-disciplinary environment focusing on teaching and research at the interface between medicine and humanities, with a core theme of 'locating the human' in healthcare.
Mellanby Centre for Bone Research Undertaking a translational programme of basic and clinical bone research with a wide-ranging and comprehensive remit.
Membrane Interactions and Dynamics, Centre for CMIAD Bringing together cell biologists with expertise in membrane traffic and the cytoskeleton with physicists, chemists, computational biologists and clinicians to understand how membrane dynamics contribute to the healthy organism.
Mercury Centre Complete powder based manufacturing solutions from design, modelling of components, to manufacture and materials characterization.
Microbiology We investigate the fundamentals of microbial physiology and pathogenicity.
Music Mind Machine
MMM Music Mind Machine in Sheffield continues the tradition of the successful interdisciplinary research group Music Mind Machine to combine expertise and methodologies from music theory, psychology and computer science to investigate cognitive processes underlying the perception and performance of music.
Music and Wellbeing Music and Wellbeing at Sheffield combines expertise and state-of-the-art methodologies from music psychology and social and health sciences to document and investigate the role and impacts of musical experiences in both everyday and extraordinary wellbeing challenges.
NanoLAB Developing advanced methods for the processing, structuring and characterisation/metrology of nanomaterials, and new technologies for the nanomanipulation and functional testing of nanoscale systems.
National Institute for Health Research’s School for Public Health Research The National Institute for Health Research's School for Public Health Research at ScHARR increases understanding of what works to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
Natural Language Processing Research Group NLP Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an interdisciplinary field that uses computational methods:
  • To investigate the properties of written human language and to model the cognitive mechanisms underlying the understanding and production of written language (scientific focus)
  • To develop novel practical applications involving the intelligent processing of written human language by computer (engineering focus)
Natural Robotics Lab The Natural Robotics Lab was founded in 2010. It investigates robotic systems inspired by nature and robotic models of natural systems. Particular emphasis is on the study of self-assembling robotic systems and swarm robotic systems.
The Neural Algorithms Research Group NARG Our current research is primarily focused on the cerebellar algorithm. Our aim is to understand the information processing algorithm embodied in the cerebellum, and also to exploit this algorithm for robotic applications. We are a multidisciplinary group, integrating ideas from computational neuroscience, control engineering, and robotics.
Nonlinear Control Recent research in the group has involved adaptive backstepping control, the second-order sliding mode, the control of non-minimum phase systems, nonlinear sliding observer theory and the realisation of nonlinear discrete-time systems. These areas are under investigation, both in their theoretical aspects and in applications.
Nordic Studies, Centre for The Centre for Nordic Studies in Sheffield works in partnership with Scandinavian and UK organisations to promote the understanding, use and enjoyment of Nordic languages and culture.
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre NAMRC Combining industry expertise and university innovation, the Nuclear AMRC works with companies to improve capabilities and performance along the nuclear supply chain.
Number Theory
The interests of the Number Theory group are centred on modular forms, automorphic representations and their congruences, Galois representations and their modularity, elliptic curves, arithmetic algebraic geometry, and the Bloch-Kato conjecture on values of L-functions.
Optical Quantum Information Processing The research in this group focusses mainly on quantum information processing with optical systems. This encompasses how to build a quantum computer and quantum communication devices using light, quantum information extraction via metrology, and reseach in quantum imaging and lithography.
Organisations, Information and Knowledge Group OAK We do research on, and provide applications of, Information and Knowledge Technologies for tomorrow’s Web, with a particular focus on their use for Knowledge Management. We build on three key pillars: information, services and the people. People provide information that is the basis for services, which in turn provide new information to people and services.
Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation The group's interests are in Cosmology, Gravitation and Black Holes. It seeks to understand how the universe expands, why its expansion is accelerating, the classical and quantum behaviour of black holes, and the fundamental theory of space and time.
Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics Group We have aimed at Sheffield to build a group with expertise that bridges the best in experimental accelerator particle physics with the best activity in the emerging new field of astroparticle physics.
Peace History, Centre for Advancing our understanding of the historically contingent ways in which people have thought about and, quite literally, made peace.
Plant and Microbial Biology Research Grouping Our research covers a broad spectrum of topics on plant and microbial biology covering levels of organisation from the molecule, through the whole organism, to ecosystem and global-scale events. We have particular strengths in the areas of photosynthesis, plant-mycorrhiza and plant parasite interactions, the effects of climate and atmospheric change on plants, and how plants influence global change.

Plants and Photosynthesis

Within the global challenge of food security, enhancing crop yield and robustness is a key priority; understanding the molecular mechanisms behind plant development and photosynthesis is essential to achieve this goal.
Political Ecology and Economy Research Cluster PEERC Our leading research in the area of Political Ecology and Political Economy contributes to theoretical and applied debates within these fields. Scholars within the group are united by a concern for understanding how relationships between economies, institutions, states, civil societies and individuals are challenged by the scale and complexity of contemporary social, ecological, political and economic processes that are profoundly uneven and highly geographical. Interdisciplinary research within the group seeks to push thinking beyond traditional separations of nature/society, local/global, urban/rural, public/private, state/non-state, consumption/production, human/non-human to identify more just futures and means for moving towards them.
Political Theory and Global Justice, Centre for CPGJ The Centre for Political Theory and Global Justice was established in 2011 in order to focus and deepen the role of political theory in responding to global issues of human coexistence.
The Polymer Centre A centre for research across an unusually wide range of subjects in the sciences, engineering, medicine, social sciences and humanities.
Polymers, Materials, and Surfaces Cluster We have substantial expertise in synthetic polymer chemistry, including living radical polymerisation chemistries such as ATRP and RAFT. One major theme is the synthesis and aqueous solution characterisation of controlled-structure stimulus-responsive polymers based on hydrophilic methacrylic monomers for a wide range of applications.
Polymer Physics Group Research interests include the physical properties of natural and synthetic polymers in thin films and near interfaces and surfaces.
Polymers and Soft Matter We study, using analytical theory, computational methods and simulations a wide variety of phenomena that occur in polymers and other soft materials.
Probability Research in probability includes: branching processes; random walk; large deviations; fractals and random graphs; Levy processes; probability on groups; stochastic analysis; stochastic differential and partial differential equations and inference for stochastic processes.
Project Sunshine Project Sunshine aims to harness the power of the sun to tackle the biggest challenge facing the world today: meeting the increasing food and energy needs of the world's population in the context of an uncertain climate and global environment change.
Prokhorov Centre for the Study of Central and Eastern European Intellectual and Cultural History

The Prokhorov Centre is the only research forum in the UK with an integrated focus on the intellectual and cultural histories of both Central and Eastern Europe. It is based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield.

Psychological Services Research, Centre for CPSR Undertaking translational research aimed at improving the organisation, quality, and delivery of psychological services to people who have mental or physical health problems.
Public Health Research, NIHR School for The National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) School for Public Health Research at ScHARR increases understanding of what works to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
Public Library and Information in Society, Centre for the CPLIS Contributing to the field of public library and information research and encouraging interaction between academics, professionals and policy makers.
Quantum Dynamics The research in this group focusses on the theoretical/computational study of chemical reactions using quantum dynamics. The systems studied vary from small fundamental gas-phase reactions, like H + O 2 , an important combustion reaction to gas-surface reactions involving small molecules in the interstellar medium.
Rail Innovation & Technology Centre RITC The focus of the RITC's activity is intelligent systems engineering involving detection, sensing, communication, materials, structures and software technologies that can be applied to rail infrastructure, operations and traffic.
Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, Centre for CREED Researching into the increasingly important areas of regional development and entrepreneurship.
The Research Centre for Human Identification RCHI The Research Centre for Human Identification (RCHI) is a University of Sheffield Research Centre aimed at promoting novel inter-disciplinary research in human identification. The Centre was founded by Dr Martin Evison in 2004. Many University departments are represented in the Centre's wider activities, and the interests of the Centre's participants are diverse—incorporating the science and technology, law and ethics, and sociology of human identification and identity—and encompassing molecular biology, physical and biological anthropology, forensic odontology, biometrics and image analysis, statistics and population genetics, bioethics, culture and nationalism.
The Robert Hill Institute - Centre of Plant Science Research RHI Research focused on all aspects of photosynthesis, in plants and microorganisms, from molecular and cellular aspects to ecophysiology and global change.
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives Undertakes research programmes under the direction of Rolls-Royce, with a view to facilitating advancements in technology aimed at future market requirements.
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Systems Engineering Researching control systems, embedded software, systems and control law definition, safety and reliability, high integrity software and systems integration.
Royce – The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials The Royce Institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science, which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy.
Scanning Probe Microscopy Group
In our lab we use and develop Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques to study a range of physical and biological processes.
Semiconductor Materials & Devices Research Group SMD The SMD group is internationally leading in the epitaxy of semiconductor materials, electron microscopy of devices and materials, and the design, fabrication and engineering of both electronic and opto-electronic devices. This is made possible by an extensive array of resources in terms of both personnel and capital equipment.
Sheffield Alcohol Research Group SARG The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group takes a lead in the School of Health and Related Research's developing research programme on alcohol and other addictions. Our work is influential in informing current debate on alcohol policy and our Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model has provided a key evidence base for debates around minimum unit pricing in the UK and beyond.
Sheffield Bioinformatics Hub

We are a cross-departmental collection of independent research groups who have been recruited to provide the University of Sheffield with a world-class computational biology capability.

Sheffield Cancer Research Centre SCRC Sheffield Cancer Research Centre is a collaboration between the world leading scientists and clinicians who work at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The Centre is funded by an alliance of Cancer Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Sheffield Centre for Advanced Magnetic Materials and Devices SCAMMD Using experiment and simulation to investigate fabrication, application and basic understanding of magnetic materials.
Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology SCAA Researching all aspects of the archaeology of the Aegean in many disciplines, such as bioarchaeology, archaeology of material culture and ancient materials, field archaeology, study of ancient texts.
Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use SCALE Researching plant economies and land use, integrating archaeology with ecology, botany, agronomy, earth sciences, genetics and ethnobotany.
Sheffield Centre for International Drylands Research SCIDR Researching into past, present and future dryland environments and peoples, focusing on the causes and processes of change and human interactions.
Sheffield Centre for International and European Law SCIEL Researching into the global and European aspects of legal issues in an increasingly globalised world.
Sheffield Institute for Nucleic Acids (SInFoNiA) SInFoNiA We are a multidisciplinary research institute bringing together a wide group of scientists from medicine, science and engineering to investigate the role of nucleic acids in health and disease. We focus on three key areas: gene expression, genome stability and nucleic acid chemical biology.
Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law SICCL SICCL members have interests in many aspects of corporate and commercial law, including corporate governance; corporate social responsibility; aspects of intellectual property including trade marks and copyright; finance and banking; theories of money; law and economics; regulation; relational contract; e-commerce; commercial property and internet privacy.
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies SIIBS A leading institute for interdisciplinary biblical studies graduate teaching and research, focusing on an innovative range of research interests in ancient and contemporary contexts.
Sheffield Institute for International Development SIID Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) is a flagship interdisciplinary research institute within the University of Sheffield. SIID brings together researchers, partners, students and stakeholder groups to develop new approaches to development research. Understanding the challenges of development is increasingly important in our inter-connected world.
Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing SISA Engaged in a wide range of multi-disciplinary research into human ageing and influencing policy on ageing.
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience SITraN Dedicated to finding the causes and cure for motor neurone disease (MND), as well as other neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics SIBLE Researching the legal and ethical aspects of biotechnology and the biosciences.
Sheffield Mathematics and Statistics Research Centre MSRC The MSRC hosts short- and long-term visitors, either as collaborators of members of the School of Mathematics, as visiting lecturers or as workshop participants.
Sheffield Methods Institute SMI The Sheffield Methods Institute is helping address the big challenges facing society and is developing world-class training in quantitative research methods.
Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders Care and Research Centre The Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders clinic offers multi-disciplinary care and support to patients and carers living with Motor Neurone Disorders (MND). There is a dedicated team who aim to provide a high level of care and support to people living with MND. We are a regional centre that works closely with and is in regular contact with community teams ensuring that patients and their carers receive specialist knowledge and advice to support individuals.
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute SPERI Brings together leading international researchers in the social sciences, policy makers, journalists and opinion formers to reassess and develop substantive proposals to respond to the political and economic challenges posed by the global financial crisis and its legacy.
Sheffield Robotics
Researching new robot technologies through collaboration between engineering, AI and computer science, through to the cognitive, neurobiological, medical and physical sciences.
Sheffield-Siemens Wind Power Research Centre S²WP The pioneering Sheffield-Siemens Wind Power Research Centre (S²WP) brings together researchers from both partners to develop reliable, innovative and efficient wind turbine generators for cutting-edge onshore and offshore wind power systems. Established in 2009 and located in a dedicated University facility, it is the first centre of its kind in the UK. More than £4 million of funding has generated over 30 patents for Siemens and trained skilled graduate researchers, eight of whom now work for the company.
Sheffield Surface Analysis Centre SSAC The SSAC is a facility based within the University of Sheffield providing access to state of the art surface analysis instrumentation for both commercial and academic research.
Sheffield University Waste Incineration Centre SUWIC Undertakes fundamental investigations into combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis of biomass/wastes and the associated power generation systems.
Sheffield Water Centre An interdisciplinary water research centre, dedicated to continuing the University of Sheffield's highly collaborative and innovative approach to solving major challenges in the water sector.
Signal Processing and Complex Systems, Centre for Developing system identification, signal processing, and analysis methods to address the challenging problems and highly complex behaviours in the life sciences and other related fields.
SInFoNiA (Sheffield Institute for Nucleic Acids) SInFoNiA We are a multidisciplinary research institute bringing together a wide group of scientists from medicine, science and engineering to investigate the role of nucleic acids in health and disease. We focus on three key areas: gene expression, genome stability and nucleic acid chemical biology.
The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials The Royce Institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science, which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy.
Social and Spatial Inequalities group SASI

The Social and Spatial Inequalities Group conducts interdisciplinary research which contributes to an evidence base for policy development aimed at reducing social inequalities.

Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre SP²RC Seeks to understand the nature of key plasma processes occurring in the solar interior and the atmosphere of the Sun, from photosphere to corona.
Solar Wave Theory Group SWAT The Solar Wave Theory Group (SWAT), as part of the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP²RC) at the University of Sheffield, has established a world-leading role in solar and space plasma wave physics by its work on wave processes from the sub-surface solar interior to the solar upper atmosphere (corona) using mathematical modelling and analysis of observational data from satellite-borne and ground-based state-of-the-art instruments.
Solid Mechanics Group The solid mechanics research area covers a very broad range of activity across the discipline. A unifying theme is the application of core science to solve real industrial problems.
Sorby Centre for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Using advanced transmission and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the microstructure and chemistry of materials.
South-East European Research Centre SEERC Supporting the peoples, economies and political institutions of South-East Europe through the conduct of research and policy analysis.
Space Systems Laboratory SSL Their aim is to investigate the physical processes in the solar atmosphere, how such processes give rise to the Solar Wind at the Sun, its subsequent propagation through the solar system, its interaction the planets, and the effect this has on our local geospace environment.
Spectroscopy and Theoretical Chemistry Theory and spectroscopy research is aimed at measuring and understanding the properties of molecules and materials, and includes the computational study of chemical reactions and fundamental aspects of aromaticity, and a range of laser spectroscopy techniques to study structure and excited state properties.
Statistics Statistics is concerned with modeling and analysing data, designing experiments, and making inferences, predictions and decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Our main research interests are in applied statistics: applied problems that motivate the development of new methods, and new applications of advanced statistical methodology.
Stem Cell Biology, Centre for CSCB The first UK laboratory to undertake research on human embryonic stem cells and whose research and discoveries are central to developing clinical applications for pluripotent stem cells in regenerative medicine.
Structural Biology Our research uses the four complementary techniques of X-ray protein crystallography, of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), of cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM), and of bioinformatics to explore systems of fundamental and medical importance in atomic detail.
Structural Fire Engineering Research Group Our main theme has been to progress our understanding of structural actions in fire by analytical studies using our numerical modelling software Vulcan, which has been continuously developed over 20 years as a specialised research tool.
Synthesis Cluster The section’s activities encompass a wide range of projects in organic and inorganic chemistry which are based around the syntheses of new compounds and study of their properties and applications.
Theoretical Magnetism Research in theoretical magnetism supports the programme in experimental magnetism. Current topics include developing an understanding of the origins of magneto-optic properties of magnetic oxides and the behaviour of multiferroic manganites and also pseudo spin models for phase transitions in other materials, for example in liquid crystals.
Theory of Photonic Crystals and Microcavities Most of the theoretical work in the group is concerned with the study of photonic crystals and planar semiconductor microcavities. We are currently developing an approach to calculating properties of photonic crystals based on Wannier functions from electronic structure theory.
Thermofluids Research Group The group conducts research in energy, aerodynamics and fundamental fluid mechanics.
Topology The work of the Topology group is focused on stable homotopy theory, and equivariant versions for spectra with action of a compact Lie group. One major theme is elliptic cohomology, which has rich connections with the work of the Number Theory group. Another theme involves the commutative algebra of generalised cohomology rings, particularly in an equivariant context, which again interacts strongly with the Algebra group.
Urban Institute The Urban Institute brings together researchers from different disciplines to stimulate new thinking about urban growth, resilience, infrastructure, urban governance and the smart cities agenda.
Verification and Testing Research Group VT Scientific interests are in the study of specification and development, of models and calculi for software systems and programming languages, in formal analysis, logic and algebraic computational models and theories, mechanistic and automated reasoning.
Virtual Reality, Graphics & Simulation VRGraphicS VRGraphicS mixes visual creativity, programming, mathematics, and an understanding of people and interfaces. We create virtual characters, serious games, GPU-based solutions for science and engineering problems, and study presence and behaviour in virtual worlds.
Visual Social Media Lab The Visual Social Media Lab brings together a group of interdisciplinary researchers interested in analysing social media images and online visual cultures.
Wellbeing in Public Policy, Centre for CWiPP Considers how people's health and well-being can be defined, measured and improved in ways that help policy-makers determine the best use of scarce resources.
Wireless Network Design, Centre for CWiND The CWiND team (transferred from the University of Bedfordshire to University of Sheffield) is a well known and world leading research group in radio propagation, radio access network (RAN) planning and optimisation (P&O), femtocell, and indoor wireless network P&O.
White Rose East Asia Centre WREAC A partnership with Leeds to develop a global centre of excellence for research and training on modern China and Japan.