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.
Spotlight on FASS research
Within the Faculty, we have 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.
Let us FASSinate you
Our cutting-edge research investigates ideas and practices relating to all aspects of human life and experiences, including:
- How far would you go to save the planet?
- Is Brexit an uncivil debate?
- Should there be equality for robots?
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.
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.
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. Overall, the University made a strong showing in the REF, with an improvement on performance in RAE 2008."Prof Sabine Braun, Professor of Translation Studies, Director of the Centre for Translation Studies, Associate Dean (Research)
Festival of Research
Our annual FASS 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.
Read about our latest festival.