Institute for Social Renewal

About Us

About Us

What is Social Renewal?

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The Institute for Social Renewal is one of Newcastle University's expressions of the civic university mission.‌‌ This means contributing to transformed lives through excellence with a purpose. It exists to help individuals and communities thrive in turbulent times, and it contributes to this through engaged research and teaching. 

Located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Institute works with colleagues across the university in interdisciplinary and engaged ways, to make a difference. Its research strengths span many disciplines, from history to new business models, from film and media to geography, from health inequalities to legislative review.

NISR acts as a facilitator and enabler, and examples of projects that have been funded or supported by Social Renewal can be found on the Highlighted Projects page. 

The Institute's current priorities are social renewal through and after Brexit, social renewal in the North East, and new pathways to social renewal. These can be read about in more detail in the Institute's NISR Priorities 2017-18: Thriving in Turbulent Times document. 

Social Renewal in action