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 mission

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.

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.

Open Research

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).

Festival of Research

Our annual Festival of Research celebrates collaboration across our schools and departments, showcasing the impressive and varied range of research taking place in the Faculty and at Surrey.

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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.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Surrey
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