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Interdisciplinary Research

Our interdisciplinary research is internationally-leading and impactful. It's helping to change the world, making lives healthier, safer, more resilient and more just.

Our research communities foster interaction and collaboration. Our Institute of Advanced Study is dedicated to advancing new research ideas, characterised by strong interdisciplinarity, innovation and internationalisation.

Many of our research centres and institutes are interdisciplinary in nature, such as the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and many of our other University Research Centres.

Interdisciplinarity also extends into our vibrant undergraduate community. Through our Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, we support interdisciplinary student research across a wide variety of subjects.

Global Research Priorities (GRPs)

Our Global Research Priorities play a crucial role in interdisciplinary research. GRPs respond to complex global problems that can only be tackled through collaborative research excellence. They unite academics from different disciplines to address some of humanity’s most urgent questions, and create fertile ground for new ideas to flourish and interdisciplinary research to grow - enabling us to improve the lives of people around the world.

Global Research Priorities

How could technology improve healthcare? How can we use cultural perspectives to help address major global and societal concerns? What would be the impact on the environment if we all drove electric cars?

Our Global Research Priorities address some of the most challenging problems facing the world today, providing a platform for multidisciplinary research in key areas of international significance, from culture to sustainable cities, energy to manufacturing.

Our programme supports cross-departmental collaboration, enabling our researchers to work together across departments and faculties on issues of global importance.