Research

The School of History, Philosophy and Culture has nine interconnected research communities, supporting our doctoral students and encouraging wide participation through partnerships, research centres, conferences and public events.

Social and Cultural History explores people’s behaviour, thoughts, and beliefs from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Our research in History of Art and Visual Culture ranges from the Italian Renaissance to 20th-century British art and design.

Health, Welfare, and Society frames the wider, interlinking history of medicine, social and public health, eugenics and biopolitics, as well as the history of welfare and its governance.

Our Philosophy researchers offer expertise in the study of human thought and action, and demonstrate a a strong commitment to public engagement.

Early Modern History examines the culture, society, politics, religion, science, art and architecture of Europe from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

History of Crime examines many different aspects of the law, the history and pathology of crime and social perceptions of the phenomenon of deviance and its history.

The Religion research group has expertise and research interests in the history of religion in Britain and Europe from the Reformation; in philosophical ideas of religion; in world religions and in religious revivals; and aspects of contemporary theology.

Communication, Media and Culture bridges the humanities and social sciences to explore the changing nature of creative and cultural activity in the contemporary world.

Modern Political and International History explores domestic public policy formation, imperial and postcolonial governance, and foreign policy and grand strategy, especially American policy and relations.