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Research

Research centres and groups

Discover the work of our researchers.

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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 information about our social justice research visit the Institute for Social Justice pages.

Research centres

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Centre for Language and Social Justice Research

The Centre explores why social inequality and injustices are largely enacted through language.

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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.

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International centre for community music

A global forum through which community music research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be nurtured and developed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cognitive psychology

Research into cognitive processes underpinning language and literacy, future thinking, virtual reality, and tool innovation.

Cybersecurity

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.

Dynamic landscapes

Research to explore the detection and interpretation of physical and chemical processes at the Earth’s surface.

Ecological justice

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.

Higher education

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.

Interactive games

Research to investigate interactive games in the context of their history, production and socio-cultural value.

Motivation, performance and wellbeing

Research into the influence of perfectionism in sport, dance and exercise.

Music memoir

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.

Participatory enquiry

Research into participatory enquiry, action research and democratic methodologies.

Physical activity and cardiovascular health

Research to examine how physical activity can promote and maintain cardiovascular health.

Screen research

Research group to provids 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.

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.

War Studies

Research group to discuss research in the area of war studies, including organised conflict, operational research, operational military history and more.

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