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Collaborative Groups

The School seeks to continually enhance quality and dissemination of research and foster interdisciplinary and collaboration leading to wider impact

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s provide an important interdisciplinary focus for Arts and Humanities research across the University.  

Initiatives facilitated by the Institutes include the research groups Art, Performance and Media in (Post-) Conflict Societies, Recomposing the City: Sonic Arts and Urban ArchitectureTranslating Improvisation, and Belfast Soundwalks – a partnership with Belfast City Council, funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund.

Queen's growing programme in Arts Management and Cultural Policy has seen the School take a lead role in the establishment of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, an all island research network aimed at growing, connecting, and profiling academic research on the practices and policies relating to cultural policy across the island of Ireland.

Research Centres


Sonic Arts Research Centre

A purpose designed building with state-of-the-art facilities was opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2004.

Key areas of interest include: composition and performance; virtual instruments; interactivity and interaction design; spatial audio; hearing and perception; community engagement in sonic arts; and relationships to the creative industries in local, regional and international contexts.

SARC website
Drama - soldiers

Brian Friel Centre For Theatre Research

Active in developing international networks that support and disseminate research

Research in Drama comprises critical and practice-based methods with activities and outputs including Irish theatre, post-conflict performance and applied theatre, practice-as-research, modern European, and American drama.

Brian Friel Theatre website