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Recent Past Projects

The IAS has supported several projects over the last two years. Information about projects in earlier years (e.g. 2019/20 and earlier can be found here). 

2021/22 Projects

A pair of hands holding a black and white photo

Representing Memory

The project aims to explore how memory is represented in a variety of situations. Since the cognitive revolution of the 1960s memory has been considered as the encoding, storage and retrieval of information.

Children at school working in a classroomMind the Gap

Exploring the Differences in Access to Social and Cultural Capital Between Advantaged and Disadvantaged Children (a UK/USA Comparison).


A blue face made up of pixelsFiring up the Epistemological Engine

We propose to explore one component of the Durham Epistemological Engine (DEE), by developing methods to automate the processes involved in a literature review.


Night sky filled with stars and coloursEnabling Responsible Space Exploitation

The project brings together stakeholders to discuss the implications of ‘democratising Responsible Space Exploitation space’ and to identify the opportunities, challenges and barriers to creating an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable space industry.

Sea water surrounded by iceExploring Arctic Soundscapes

The Exploring Arctic Soundscapes project will develop new practices for fusing scientific and artistic invocation and explanation of Arctic environments.


2020/21 Projects

Cardboard cut out town and car on a green backgroundNegotiating Landscapes of Rights

This interdisciplinary project examines the negotiation of rights around common resources by involving archaeologists, lawyers, historians, geographers in a series of case studies taken from around the world.

A plane flying over trees at duskQuantifying Global Risk

This project will draw together the expert inter-disciplinary team required to perform the first review of lessons learned, remaining challenges, engineering solutions, and financial models for coping with the next event(s).

an artist's rendering of the molecules in a cell surface membraneThreshold Worlds

Cognitive research on dreams has experienced a new wave of interest in recent years. Multiple methodologies are combined to chart more systematically the landscape of dream-worlds.