Global Research Institutes


Research at Queen's takes place in Core Disciplines, Pioneer Research Programmes and Global Research Institutes.

Core Disciplines

Excellent research conducted by researchers working in a range of core disciplines is the foundation for our research success, as demonstrated through the results of REF 2014

View our Core Disciplines

Pioneer Research Programmes

Through Pioneer Research Programmes, we stimulate novel interdisciplinary research collaborations to tackle challenges emerging on the global horizon

View our Pioneer Research Programmes

Global Research Institutes

Our Global Research Institutes bring researchers from different disciplines together on a scale that enables them to address major societal challenges.
See details below. 



At a time when the world’s population is growing at its fastest ever rate, food security is a major global challenge.

The Institute for Global Food Security aims to play a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population, and has become globally recognised for its excellence in research.

The Institute for Global Food Security 


How can societies emerging from violence establish peace? How can issues of justice and security be resolved?

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice links peace-making with social transformation, examining the need for reform of state institutions alongside cultural and social healing. It brings together researchers from fields as diverse as politics and computer engineering.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice


How can we secure, process and transmit the information created by citizens, enterprise and government?

How can we accelerate the adoption of innovation to deliver economic impact?

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology is host to the award winning UK Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security, The Centre for Secure Information Technologies, ECIT also houses The Centre for Wireless Innovation and The Centre for Data Science and Scalable Analytics Systems.

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology


The Institute for Health Sciences addresses disease areas which affect populations worldwide.

Including cancer, respiratory conditions, eye disease and diabetic vascular complications.

These priority disease areas share processes and mechanisms. The Institute focuses on common areas such as immunology, innate immune responses and aspects of infection, and works in partnership with the health sector and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to ensure advances in therapeutics have the broadest possible impact.

The Institute for Health Sciences

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