We have a vibrant research community, made up of staff and students from around the world. Although each discipline has distinct methodological approaches, we share a passion for studying ideas and practices relating to all aspects of human life and experience.
Our research aims to contribute to the theoretical advancement of the state of knowledge in the arts, humanities and social sciences, whilst achieving real-world effects by focusing on current global societal challenges and the cultural and socio-economic aspects at the core of large-scale human problems. We engage with a wide range of stakeholders. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of what we do, and we pride ourselves on conducting collaborative research of the highest quality.
Our staff work with external organisations, from the Government to international businesses, ensuring that our research has a real-world impact.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) produces top quality research across a wide range of areas. Overall, the University made a strong showing in REF2021, with a substantial improvement on performance in the previous REF.Professor Rachel Brooks, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Spotlight on our research
Our Faculty has a very active research community. Our research has great impact, and we are proud to highlight our achievements through a series of short films, told by our research authors.
Themes, groups and centres
Our research groups and centres are investigating six broad and strategically important research themes, as a way to highlight what we do and where we are making a difference.
In these case studies, researchers from our Faculty explain how they have used open and transparent practices to carry out and communicate their research, and explore the benefits and challenges of being open.
Find out more about Open Research at Surrey, and download the Open Research Handbook (PDF).
Rebuilding Surrey: Open research on Covid’s impact on Surrey
Professor Amelia Hadfield, Dean International, Head of Department of Politics, Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), and her cross-disciplinary team of researchers embraced the principles of open research in conducting research work alongside local stakeholders.
A corpus approach to Roman law: Legal history meets computational linguistics
Dr Marton Ribary, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, focuses on the empirical characteristics of legal texts which are sometimes neglected by traditional research methods.
The benefits and challenges of open access journals for political science
Dr Simona Guerra, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Surrey and co-editor of Political Research Exchange (PRX), addresses the benefits of open access and the challenges that lie ahead for the field of political science.
Open data and research practices in tourism research
Dr Yoo Ri Kim, Lecturer in Hospitality Management, describes how her research team has been conducting open research to make data and software codes openly accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Let us FASSinate you
Our cutting-edge research investigates ideas and practices relating to all aspects of human life and experiences.
Impact Acceleration Account
The social science Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The funding will be spent over four years (2019 to 2023) and will support our researchers and postgraduate research students in developing effective collaborations with businesses, policy-makers, third sector organisations, and other industry sector groups.