Research Centres and Institutes

Crick Centre

Crick Centre

It is widely acknowledged that in recent times a gap has emerged between politicians and the public. In the UK, voter turnout is low and scandals reported in the media have led to a public lack of trust in politicians and political parties. The Crick Centre, led by Professor
Matthew Flinders, seeks to understand and close the gap that has emerged not just between politicians and the public but also between academe and society more broadly.

The centre, named after Professor Sir Bernard Crick, seeks to understand and promote political engagement in a manner that cultivates debate and encourages engaged citizenship around the world.

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Sheffield Institute for International Development

Understanding the challenges of global development is increasingly important in our interconnected world. The Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) promotes a vision of international development as a struggle for social justice and a space for activism and engagement.

Bringing together researchers, partners, students and other stakeholders, SIID seeks to address some of the major global challenges that face the contemporary world: sustainable growth, environmental crisis, liveable cities, global health, social inequalities in security, migration, human rights and democracy, and secure exit from economic crisis.

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Urban Institute

By 2050, the world's population will be more than 9 billion and around 70 per cent of those people will live in cities. The Urban Institute, a new joint initiative between world-class researchers in the Faculties of Engineering and Social Sciences seeks to reshape urban futures.

The Urban Institute recognises that cities are shaped by the interplay between technological innovation, individual and collective behaviour, institutions and governance. The Institute seeks to offer a holistic response to societal challenges faced by our cities by  working with public and private sector partners to design and develop research-based solutions.

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Digital Society Network

Ever evolving technology has opened up new opportunities, rewritten social values and redrawn social boundaries. This unchartered territory brings possibilities but also potential problems and questions.

The Digital Society Network (DSN) draws together an interdisciplinary team of academics engaged with research at the cutting-edge of society-technology interactions. The DSN are pursuing new methodologies in social and computer sciences to study the digital world. Underpinning the network is a concern not only with how societies and individuals use digital technologies, but also the social implications of an increasingly digitised world.

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How we have understood 'the human' differs markedly between disciplines and has changed radically over time in the light of scientific discovery. Whilst remaining a central subject of academic research in many disciplines, so far these disciplines have neglected to work together to understand the human being in its entirety.

iHuman brings together social sciences and humanities with psychological and biological sciences, to understand what it means to be human like never before.

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Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) brings together leading international researchers, policymakers, journalists and opinion formers to develop new ways of thinking about these issues. Using the unique insights generated by this interdisciplinary approach, SPERI has become an international focus for debate, discussion and policy development.

Beginning with its launch in 2012 by The Right Honourable Ed Miliband MP, SPERI has continued to host a programme of exciting events, with leading figures in the field of political economy including lectures by Robert Peston and George Monbiot. It has an active online presence with a popular blog and publishes a series of papers and policy briefings digitally.


White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is a collaboration, led by the University of Sheffield, bringing together the research excellence of the Universities of Leeds, York, Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan. The partnership trains social science doctoral researchers to meet the demands of future global challenges whether working within industry, academia or government.

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Sheffield Methods Institute (Q-Step Centre)

By facilitating interdisciplinary programmes on substantive issues and harnessing new types of analysis and data – the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) is closing the gap between methodological research and policy.

Our Q-Step Centre is one of fifteen funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE, to support the development and delivery of high-level quantitative and qualitative methods training for undergraduate and postgraduate taught interdisciplinary programmes.

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Migration Research at The University of Sheffield

Migration Research at The University of Sheffield is an interdisciplinary network of scholars conducting world-leading and high impact research on global migration and mobility.

Our approach is informed by a broad understanding of migration encompassing motives for migration, effects on sending and destination countries, as well as the broad range of impacts (legal, social, economic and political) and experiences of migration in various geographical regions.

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Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities

Established in 2006, CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities) is a Faculty of Social Sciences research centre conducting research, evaluation and consultancy on contemporary policy, practice and theoretical issues and debates on topics in three main areas: care, labour and equalities. The Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems' programme is CIRCLE’s major research programme, undertaken with an ESRC award for the period 2017 to 2021.