Research centres and groups
Discover the work of our researchers.
Our community of researchers work across multiple disciplines to deliver impactful research.
Find out about the work of research centres and groups at York St John University on this page.
For guidance on setting up a research group and what is expected once your group is established, visit our Research group guidance page (staff intranet).
Centre for Language and Social Justice Research
The Centre explores why social inequality and injustices are largely enacted through language.
Centre for Religion in Society
A forum to look at the role of religion in the cultural, social and political life of society as well as its role in conflict resolution, peace-building and reconciliation.
International centre for community music
A global forum through which community music research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be nurtured and developed.
Prison Partnership Project
A partnership between York St John University, HMP New Hall and HMP Askham Grange to provide weekly creative arts programmes in prisons.
York Centre for Writing
A hub for a number of exciting writing events, projects and publications in collaboration with Valley Press, York Literature Festival, and other community partners.
York St John Communities Centre
The Centre is conducting research into anger management, bereavement counselling and more.
Our research groups
Advanced Healthcare Practice
Research studying topics related to Advanced Practice (AP) in Allied Health Professional and nursing clinical practice.
Art, gender, spirituality
Research to explore artistic practices that incorporate and represent spirituality and the entanglements with how we (de)construct gender.
Research into basic and applied developmental psychology using quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Research into cognitive processes underpinning language and literacy, future thinking, virtual reality, and tool innovation.
Contemporary history and politics
Research into the intersection between politics and history.
Converge Evaluation and Research Team
Research which uses lived experience of mental health challenges to inform practice in research and evaluation.
Counselling and therapy
Research into mental health practices and counsellor practice, identity, social justice and criticality themes.
Creativity and embodiment
Research to to bridge methodologies associated with physical and spiritual well-being with more traditional academic approaches.
Research into the criminal justice system, bringing together researchers from across the University.
Research into the nature and character of cyber threats and formulate appropriate ways of addressing them.
Disease detection and prevention
Research to undertake targeted and applied biomedical science research, focusing on diverse ways to improve human health.
Research to explore the detection and interpretation of physical and chemical processes at the Earth’s surface.
Research to find solutions to social justice and environmental issues.
Futures and Foresight
Research to explore how anticipation of the future impacts decision making processes.
Hauntology and spectrality
Research to explore hauntology, nostalgia, uncanny fiction, horror and twentieth century histories.
Health, wellbeing and participation
Research to explore the links between health, wellbeing, and participation and interventions and assessments to enhance people's health, well being and participation.
Research to explore theory, practice and participation in higher education.
Inclusion, society and education
Research to explore inclusive education, disability and sport, autism and autism experiences and more.
Initial Teacher Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
Research to explore the dual experiences of student teachers as both learners and future planners and facilitators of learning.
Research to investigate interactive games in the context of their history, production and socio-cultural value.
Interdisciplinary sports performance and injury
Research into injury and performance in athletes, particularly young and female.
Interdisciplinary Witches group
Research into the different facets of the trope of 'the witch'.
Languages and linguistics
Research into linguistics and languages-related research and its researchers.
Leadership Pioneers Network Centre
Research into the various aspects of leadership, including its dynamics, impact, and effective strategies.
MetaLearn AI Innovators
Research exploring innovative ideas and experimentation, immersing itself in the forefront of MetaML (Meta Machine Learning) advancements.
Motivation, performance and wellbeing
Research into the influence of perfectionism in sport, dance and exercise.
Research into the contemporary cultural phenomenon of the music memoir.
Neurodiversity, wellbeing and counselling
A cross-disciplinary group exploring how to build more enabling psychological environments in a number of contexts.
Paragon research and innovation
A multi-disciplinary group of researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and related fields.
Parenthood and creativity
Research into the creative impulse and experiences of early parenthood, maternity and paternity.
Research into participatory enquiry, action research and democratic methodologies.
People in employment settings
Research to foster and promote investigation into people and the workplace.
Perceptions of Employability
Research group to explore perceptions of employability from a range of perspectives.
Physical activity and cardiovascular health
Research to examine how physical activity can promote and maintain cardiovascular health.
Research group to explore an understanding of consumers, marketing purposes, branding, and social media contexts.
Research group to provides a space for all kinds of screen-related research, including both theory and practice, to develop.
Study of satire
Research to historicise, problematise, theorise, teach and perform satire and satirical material.
Tackling welfare in sport together
Research to explore a broad range of welfare-related issues within sport.
Teacher selection, formation and development
Research into interview processes, the development of identity from student to teacher, and communities of practice in early career teaching.
Violence, harm and trauma
Research into the ways in which we explain, rationalise, and represent horrific acts.
Virtual and augmented reality
Research to propose new avenues for exploration and application in this emerging field.
Visitor economy and experience
Research to provide insights into the tourism experience, tourism education and mindful strategies.
Research group to discuss research in the area of war studies, including organised conflict, operational research, operational military history and more.