The University's priority is to achieve nationally and internationally recognised research excellence in all of its many and varied disciplines, with world-class research in distinctive niches and thematic areas. An emphasis is placed on the expansion of inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities.
Research at Queen's is focused through a formal framework of Research Clusters and Interdisciplinary Forums, each led by an established research leader. There are twenty-one research-led Schools, comprising over 90 research clusters. The School of History & Anthropology has reorganised its research clusters to encourage research focus under the experienced leadership of a Director of Research. These are as follows:
History: This large cluster has a broad chronological and geographical range, from classical Greece to 20th-century Europe, America and Africa. It has a strong scholarly profile, with particular areas of strength in depth in Irish history (especially the 18th to 20th centuries), British political, social and intelligence history in the 20th century, US History of the 19th-20th centuries, Ancient Rome, the History of Religion, and Gender History. Director of Research - Prof Sean Connolly
Anthropology and Ethnomusicology: This cluster has a broad mix of different specialisms with a strong research profile across the board. It has particular strengths in the anthropology of Ireland; anthropology of borders; performance; emotions; and ethnomusicology. Director of Research - Prof. Fiona Magowan.
In addition, the School hosts two interdisciplinary research fora, which promote research across disciplinary and administrative boundaries:
Institute of Irish Studies: An interdisciplinary research centre which aims to foster the development of Irish Studies across the University. It is currently home to a number of funded research projects on historical, literary and anthropological themes. Director - Dr Dominic Bryan
Institute of Cognition and Culture: Founded in 2004, this is one of the world’s first centres for research in the cognitive science of culture. It has brought together a range of cutting-edge cognitive scientists via a series of visiting fellowships. Acting Director: Dr Paulo Sousa