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Research centres, units and groups

Discover the work of our researchers.

Research centres

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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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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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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.

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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.

Our research units and groups

Study of satire

Research unit to historicise, problematise, theorise, teach and perform satire and satirical material.

Futures and foresight

Research group to explore how anticipation of the future impacts decision making processes.

Visitor economy and experience

Research group to provide insights into the tourism experience, tourism education and mindful strategies.

Disease detection and prevention

Research group to undertake targeted and applied biomedical science research, focusing on diverse ways to improve human health.

Physical activity and cardiovascular health

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

Motivation, performance and wellbeing

Research group to explore the influence of perfectionism in sport, dance and exercise.

Tackling welfare in sport together

Research group to explore a broad range of welfare-related issues within sport.

Higher education

Research group to explore theory, practice and participation in higher education.

Cognitive psychology

This research group examines cognitive processes underpinning language and literacy, future thinking, virtual reality, and tool innovation.

Discursive social psychology

This research group takes a discursive and critical approach to the study of social psychological topics in and as part of everyday life.

Violence, harm and trauma

Research group to investigate the ways in which we explain, rationalise, and represent horrific acts.

Hauntology and spectrality

Research group to explore hauntology, nostalgia, uncanny fiction, horror and twentieth century histories.


Research group to study the nature and character of cyber threats and formulate appropriate ways of addressing them.

Dynamic landscapes

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

Music memoir

Research group to look at the contemporary cultural phenomenon of the music memoir.

Virtual and augmented reality

Research group to propose new avenues for exploration and application in this emerging field.

Ecological justice

Research group to find solutions to social justice and environmental issues.

Interactive games

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

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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