Recent research projects: demonstrating impact

Find out more about some of the latest projects in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

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

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.

Tackling Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Antislavery and Human Trafficking

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.

Being Human

Being Human

What does it mean to be human? Why does our perception of what human ‘is’ actually matter?

Clothes, Chocolate and Children

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.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American War

This exhibition explored the early development of artificial limbs, battlefield surgery and medicine, and the effects on soldiers and civilians alike.

Gang Violence in Late Victorian Manchester

Dr Andy Davies has been researching the hidden history of Manchester's gangs for many years, exploring the nature and extent of gang formation and conflict in Manchester between 1870 and 1900.

Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It

As well as asking ‘What does it mean to be human? ’ and ‘Is there such a thing as a perfect world?’, this exhibition explored the contribution of women to the genre of science fiction.

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.

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.