Research Centres & Institutes

The School is home to two of the longest established Research Centres at the University and its open and interdisciplinary orientation means it also has close links with key university Research Institutes. The School also co-owns the Centre for Latin and American studies with the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and the School of Modern Languages.

Research Centres

  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) - a multi-disciplinary research centre with an international reputation for our work on the economic and social development of cities and regions.
  • Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) - an internationally recognised research centre focused on the social and ethical debates around the contemporary life sciences. It works with a wide range of academic and community-based partners, to develop rigorous and socially engaged analysis, innovative teaching, and public dialogue that informs and contributes to future practices and policies.
  • Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) – Interdisciplinary research centre with an international reputation for work across the arts, humanities, social, physical and engineering sciences, focused on the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Research Institutes

  • Institute of Health and Society (IHS) - conducting internationally recognised research on population health, health services and health-related social science.
  • Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability - drawing together Social Scientists and Geographers with other expertise around the University to research and develop solutions to some of the most pressing environmental issues.
  • Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal - NISR focuses on how societies and communities at scales from the local and regional to the national and international, can thrive when faced with the challenges of rapid transformational change.