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Research Expertise

Our world-leading academic researchers are leaders in the fields of Geography, Politics, and Sociology.

Our School’s research ecosystem is embedded in a multiple University-wide networks, and provides colleagues with the intellectual and material resources to advance individual and collective research; address fundamental societal, economic, political, environmental and ecological challenges; and define research priorities within the UK and internationally. 

Each of the groups identified below is mixed gender and includes PGRs, PDRFs, staff and research technicians at all career stages in broad communities of interest.

Interdisciplinary research

Researchers in the School play an active part in many interdisciplinary research groups, drawing people together from across the University:

The School is home to two of the longest established research centres at the University. Our open and interdisciplinary orientation means we also have close links with key University research institutes.

Research centres

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) is a multi-disciplinary research centre. It has an international reputation for work on the economic and social development of cities and regions.

The Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) research centre is an internationally recognised research centre. They focus 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
  • public dialogue that informs and contributes to future practices and policies

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is co-owned by the School and:

CLACS is an interdisciplinary research centre. They have an international reputation for work focusing on the Latin American and Caribbean region. Their research explores areas in:

  • the arts
  • humanities
  • social, physical and engineering sciences

Research institutes

The School has close links with a number of research institutes in the University:

  • the Institute of Health and Society (IHS) contributes significantly to Newcastle University's mission of Transforming Health
  • the Institute for Sustainability coordinates research across traditional discipline boundaries to deliver practical, engaged solutions to real-world issues
  • the Institute for Social Science is Newcastle University’s response to the challenges facing society today