Our Research

Research Activity

The big challenges of today do not respect the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines, which is why Swansea University's campus environment provides an ideal environment for multidisciplinary research to flourish.

Interdisciplinary Research

Swansea University's thriving research community is driven by an enthusiasm to push back the boundaries of scientific and academic discoveries. At the heart of this is a network of interdisciplinary research centres and groups, established to enable staff with expertise in different fields to explore radical new concepts and take their research in directions that may not otherwise have been considered.

From the effects of climate change to the needs and aspirations of an ageing population, the complex fabric of life in the 21st century faces many challenges and opportunities.

Addressing them requires new paradigms in debate and action, which cross the boundaries between the scientific and technical, the political, cultural and social. Delivering these new paradigms requires fresh thinking, modes of connection and communication.

With a vibrant, agile research community, capable of fostering strong and enduring interdisciplinary links, Swansea is capitalising upon its early successes across the science and engineering boundaries to respond quickly to the debate about interdisciplinary research and help shape and define its future. The benefits and necessity of interdisciplinary research is recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government and supported by the UK Research Councils.

By enabling and rewarding cross-disciplinary research from across the breadth of its research activity, and supporting staff to utilise their strong discipline-based foundations, to work at the interface of academic research, Swansea University actively encourages exciting and innovative collaborative approaches to interdisciplinary research.

Some of our innovative programmes include:

You may also like to read about Swansea's research centres and institutes.

Research-led and practice-driven teaching

Research-led and practice-driven teaching helps to ensure that the University's degrees are relevant to the modern world. Swansea University has a growing reputation for undertaking world-class research across many areas of its academic portfolio, and for seeking opportunities for staff research expertise to inform course content. 

Similarly, many degree programmes, such as nursing, engineering, and law, lead to practical qualifications, with opportunities to put theory into practice often integral to the teaching and learning experience.

The University is currently assessing examples of research-led and practice-driven teaching linkages across campus to identify opportunities to build on existing good practice, and to develop new strategies that embed these linkages across its academic portfolio.

The University aims to ensure that the relationship between research, practice, and teaching is developed over time so that it evolves as a fundamental part of the University's planning at institution, College, Department, and course curriculum levels.

Students taught by staff who bring their latest research findings into the lecture theatre

  • are likely to be more engaged with the subject, and to find that the way they are taught keeps it alive, relevant, and up-to-date.
  • find it particularly memorable and inspirational to be taught new theories and to put new technologies into practice as they are being developed.
  • benefit from a combination of approaches to research-led and practice-driven teaching.
  • are stimulated by course content that has been determined by their lecturers' research interests.

Visit the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching web pages to learn more about the University's commitment to teaching excellence.

Our Research Centres and Institutes

College Centres and Institutes

Multi-disciplinary centres

Centre for Health Information, Research & Evaluation (CHIRAL)

The Richard Burton Centre for the study of Wales

Wales Institute of Mathematics and Computational Sciences (WIMCS)

Digital Politics Research Group

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/dprg/ 

 

College of Arts and Humanities

Research Institute for Arts and Humanities

Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences (RIASS)

CCGC Centre for Contemporary German Culture

CECSAM Centre for Comparative Study of the AMericas 

CODAH Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities

CRAM Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory

CREW Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales 

Digital Politics Research Group

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/dprg/  

GENCAS Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society

ISCAS International Studies, Conflict and Security

LRC Language Research Centre

KYKNOS Centre for Research in Ancient Narrative Literature

MEMO Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research

PAG Political Analysis and Governance

The Richard Burton Centre for the study of Wales

RGHHC Research Group for Health, History and Culture 

 

College of Engineering

Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM)

Centre for NanoHealth (CNH)

Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER)

Electronic Systems Design Centre

Institute of Structural Materials

Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre MACH1

Swansea Materials Research and Testing Ltd (smART)

Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC)

Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC)

Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC)

Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering

 

College of Human and Health Sciences

Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) 

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)

Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE)

Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN)

Welsh Health Economics Support Service

 

College of Law and Criminology

Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology

Hywel Dda Centre / Sefydliad Hywel Dda 

Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

Centre for Global Legal Priorities

 

Medical School

Centre for Health Information, Research & Evaluation (CHIRAL)

Centre for Nanohealth (CNH)

eHealth Industries Innovation Centre

EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service Centre

Institute of Life Sciences (ILS)

Mental Health Research Network Cymru


College of Science

Centre For Migration Policy Research (CMPR) 

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR)

Centre for Urban Theory   

Future Interaction Technology Lab (FIT lab) 

Glaciology group

Wales Institute of Mathematics and Computational Sciences (WIMCS)

Centre for Biomathematics

 

School of Management

Network Science Research Centre

The Hawkes Centre for Empirical Finance

The Centre for Responsible Organisation and Social Innovation (CROSI)

Welsh Economy Labour Market Evaluation Research Centre (WELMERC)

Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC)

Swansea i-lab

People and Organisations

A-Z listing (by acronym)

CCC - Consumer Confidence  

CCGC - Contemporary German Culture

CCYPHW - Children and Young People's Health and Well-Being

CECSAMComparative study of the Americas

CHIRAL - Health Information, Research & Evaluation

CIAInnovative Ageing

 

CLEAR - Centre for Lean Enterprise, Application and Research 

Clinical Research Unit based at Morriston Hospital

CMPR - Migration Policy Research  

CNH - Nanohealth

Complex Fluid Processing

CREW - English Literature and Language of Wales  

Criminal Justice and Criminology

CROSI - Centre for Responsible Organisation and Social Innovation

CSAR - Sustainable Aquatic Research

CUT - Urban Theory  

CWATER - Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research

eHealth Industries Innovation Centre

EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service Centre

EMaRC - Emerging Markets Research Centre

EEN WalesEnterprise Europe Network Wales

FIT lab - Future Interaction Technology Lab  

GENCAS - Gender in Culture and Society

Global Legal Priorities

Glaciology group

Hywel Dda Centre /Sefydliad Hywel Dda 

IFeL - Institute for Entrepreneurship and Leadership  

ILS - Institute of Life Sciences

Institute of Classics and Ancient History

Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

KYKNOS - Ancient narrative literature.

LRC - Language Research Centre

MEMO - Medieval and Early Modern Research

MHRNC - Mental Health Research Network Cymru

MRC - Materials Research Centre

OPAN - Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network

RIAH - Research Institute for Arts and Humanities

RIASS -  Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences

Richard Burton Centre for the study of Wales

RIVIC - Research Institute of Visual Computing

SCHE - Swansea Health Economics

SPEC - Systems and Process Engineering Centre

WCPC -  Welsh Printing and Coating

WELMERC - Welsh Economy Labour Market Evaluation & Research Centre

WICN - Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

WIMCS - Wales Insitute of Mathematics and Computational Sciences

WISERD - Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods