Making sense of global challenges


Research in arts, humanities and the social sciences is central to understanding the fundamental challenges facing our societies.

Understanding contemporary life

Every significant challenge in contemporary life, from the workings of the global economy to the individual pursuit of happiness, has a human dimension. Our research sheds light on these fundamental human challenges.

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Our research

Working with partners across the world, our experts promote critical reflection on global challenges in contemporary society. Our research focuses on areas such as fulfilment, belonging, and political and economic life.

Research: major themes>
People in the city

Current projects

Many of our current projects engage with key challenges in contemporary life, from the environment to social cohesion, from our relationship with technology to religious belief and political belonging.

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Footballers: exhibition for Migration Matters festival

Global exchanges

Sheffield staff and students work in international contexts, developing mutual understanding and shared knowledge. Our global collaborations provide new insight into many aspects of contemporary life.

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Shanghai, China