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Research Themes

Please browse through our research themes and associated academic contacts below. If you are interested in pursuing any of these themes, follow the relevant links to contact the appropriate member of staff or simply email our Faculty Student Recruitment Team for more information and advice -

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Centres of Research Excellence

Sonic Lab

Sonic Arts Research Centre

The Home of the Sonic Laboratory

SARC houses multi-channel studios, computer labs, a motion capture lab, a fabrication lab and the World's first Sonic Laboratory.

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The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry

International Centre of Research Excellence in English

Every area of English studies is a vibrant presence in Queen's from Medieval and Early Modern to Eighteenth Century, Modern, Irish and Language.

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Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Innovative Solutions to key Societal Challenges

Over 90 academic, research and support staff committed to applied social science research that seeks to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

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Queen's on BREXIT

Providing an Authoritative Voice on the BREXIT process

Informed by years of internationally-recognised research excellence, Queen's academics provide expert insights to the impact on N.I., the UK and the EU-27.

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Global Research Institute - The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice

A Flagship for Social Transformation

Building Peace

Striving to create dialogue within which all voices can be heard and to underpin the pursuit of peace through world class research.

The Institute connects the perspectives of all those who seek to contribute to conflict transformation and social justice – from the insights of world leading researchers to the experience of practitioners, policy makers, politicians and activists.

Senator George J. Mitchell is a former Chancellor of Queen’s University (1999-2009) and was appointed as the inaugural United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland by President Bill Clinton in 1995. Senator Mitchell was Chair of the NI All Party Talks that led to led to the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

The Good Friday Agreement brought to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland known as 'The Troubles'. It was ratified in a referendum in May 1998. The agreement set up a power-sharing assembly to govern Northern Ireland by cross-community consent.

For his work in Northern Ireland, Senator Mitchell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Truman Institute Peace Prize and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize. In 2016, Queen’s University officially launched The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

On the 10th April 2018, the Institute held the Building the Peace event with key figures from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement period gathered at Queen’s to mark the Agreement's 20th Anniversary - Senator George J. Mitchell was joined by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, Jonathan Powell, Gerry Adams and Lord David Trimble as well as a number of other key players. 

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