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Recent research projects

Explore the diverse range of research projects taking place across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and how they are delivering tangible changes around the world.

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The Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol: Responding to Tensions or Enacting Opportunity?

This paper argues that the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol now provides major opportunities to build and develop the economic future of Northern Ireland.

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Tackling Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Combating slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa by exploring how arts & humanities can shift antislavery efforts towards a more community-engaged focus.

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Sisters of Mersey

Meet the extraordinary women who shaped Liverpool and beyond in this mobile app project.

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Clothes, Chocolate and Children

Realising the Transparency Dividend (Nov 2017- May 2019). This project examines how the new political economy of transparency enhances the well-being of workers and children in the developing world.

Agreement: A People’s Process

A physical and digital exhibition hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

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Tracing the Past

Drs Alex Buchanan and Nick Webb use the latest digital scanning technologies to unlock the secrets of medieval architecture.

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The Human Remains: Digital Library of British Mortuary Science and Investigation

Examining the history of exhumation, investigation, reburial, and recording of human remains buried in Christian contexts from the 7th-19th centuries.

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Libraries, Reading Communities & Cultural Formation in the 18th Century Atlantic

Investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural and political change in the 18th century.

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Analysis of Roman Silver Coins, Augustus to Gallienus (27 BC - AD 260)

Exploring Imperial fiscal policies, financial problems and the responses to them through metallurgical analysis of silver coinages,

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The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments (1780-1925)

The Digital Panopticon project traces the lives of 90,000 people sentenced to transportation to Australia from Britain between 1841 and 1911, with the information freely available on a public website.

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Research Focus: Coronavirus

Colleagues from across the Faculty have been responding to the Coronavirus pandemic with a range of research projects.

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Research Focus: Climate and Environment

A range of projects are confronting the climate emergency, how it is affecting us all and how we can rise to the challenge it poses.

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The Contagion of Uncertainty: The Protocol on Ireland & Northern Ireland and the EU Withdrawal Agreement

This report evidences business sectors' growing unease with Brexit across Ireland and the UK.

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#Lads on Social Media: Investigating Young Networked Masculinities

Exploring how young men use social media to form and develop their masculinised identifications, connections and networks, particularly those that centre around ‘laddish’ identities

Centre of Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA)

Centre of Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA)

CAVA supports researchers interested in exploring the representation of and engagement with architectural and urban forms, narratives and practices, especially in areas such as film, photography and the digital and physical space.

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Discover more with our Research Themes

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences research themes bring together projects from across the Faculty and beyond. Take a closer look here.