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Our Research

The Faculty of Social Sciences & Health comprises a diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic and research staff situated across eight academic Departments and Schools.

We are a leading centre for world-class pioneering research in the social sciences. Our research activity aims to enhance social and human well-being and is based on the principles of interdisciplinarity, innovation and impact. The Faculty is regularly ranked within the world's top 50 for the quality and significance of our research, our students enjoy an unparalleled learning experience and our graduates are some of the most sought after by employers.
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About Us

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health supports state of the art, collaborative research that stretches across disciplines and sectors, and has a positive impact on the North-East of England, the UK and across the globe. As well as the innovative research undertaken within each of our eight Departments, the Faculty also promotes interdisciplinary approaches to research through research centres and institutes, such as:

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing: . Our vision for health is for people to thrive in the places they live. We embrace physical, mental, social and environmental wellbeing, and envision health as a synergy of beliefs, culture, family, community and environment. As such our work here is supported by Wolfson, which is a major interdisciplinary unit within Durham University that fosters research on human health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries

The Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research Centre (BEER): BEER draws together a critical mass of leading researchers and integrates a diverse set of methodological expertise and disciplinary perspectives to enhance research and collaboration at the cutting edge of behaviour, ecology and evolution.

The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ): CCLCJ fosters contextualised, theoretically grounded, and empirical research on criminal law, laws of evidence, and their social applications, as well as on the processes, structures, actors, and principles of criminal justice.

The Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE): DECE promotes, evaluates and monitors the impact of high-quality education research. The members of the Centre, and their networks, provide a rich blend of perspectives - including educational sociologists, psychologists, economists, geographers, health scientists, methodologists, and practitioners.

The Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA): CSJCA is made up of academic researchers from different departments and disciplines and community partners. Its aim is to promote and develop research, teaching, public/community engagement and staff development (both within and outside the university) around the broad theme of social justice in local and international settings, with a specific focus on participatory action research. 

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health also seeks to ensure our research is of the highest methodological quality. To that end, we host the Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC). DRMC provides an interdisciplinary environment for the development and use of research methods and for methods training. Activities are co-ordinated by a team of Core Staff and delivered by over 40 DRMC Fellows. 

We undertake our research with the purpose of contributing to transformative change both locally and globally. To ensure our research leads to real-world positive difference, our impact work is strongly supported by our Economic and Social Research council funded Impact Acceleration Account, which has funded some impact sixty projects, five secondments/placements with external partners and has provided impact related training and mentorship for over 250 participants since 2019.

Accelerating our impact

One major way in which the Faculty supports research impact is through our Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which provides funding to support Durham researchers in demonstrating the impact of their research.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the IAA provides funding to support Durham researchers in demonstrating the impact of their research and to increase and improve their engagement, relationships, and networks with partners in business and the community. Since being awarded in 2019 the IAA has funded some impact sixty projects, five secondments/placements with external partners and has provided impact related training and mentorship for over 250 participants.
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Our Case Studies

Explore the diverse range of REF impact case studies situated within the Faculty. 

  

Explore the eight departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

The academic, educational and research staff and the students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health generate exemplary world leading education and research in some of the strongest departments in their field.

Find out more about each of our eight departments.

Department of Anthropology

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Department of Archaeology

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School of Education

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Department of Geography

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Durham Law School

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School of Government and International Affairs

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Department of Sociology

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Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Research and Business at Durham

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Contact the Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Arthur Holmes Building,

Science Site,

South Road,

Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42901