Centre for Advanced Studies

Projects and Networks


We are currently looking to set up a network of academic staff with an interest in Wellbeing. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Paula Gurteen.

Children and Childhood

During 2009, preparation for a University response to several funding calls related to children and families demonstrated the scope, breadth, quality, importance and impact of children’s research that is being conducted at the University.

The University would like to develop this research capacity and potential and has brought together researchers who work in this area, through this network, to: 

  • share ideas and knowledge; 
  • build an organisational structure that will enable us to work together more collaboratively, effectively and efficiently in the future; 
  • identify and develop new opportunities for multidisciplinary research, understanding and knowledge transfer; 
  • capture external research income; and 
  • build a research presence, capacity and profile that has national and international significance and impact.

The network is currently led by Professor Saul Becker, and anyone interested in being a part of this network is encouraged to contact Paula Gurteen

The dedicated workspace for academics interested in the activities of the Children and Childhood network is accessible via:

Health Humanities

Health Humanities encompasses disciplines across the Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Medical and Nursing Schools and its fields of enquiry are equally diverse. Health Humanities has grown out of Medical Humanities which focused on the human side of medicine, including the history of medicine and the link between medicine and social history.

An early initiative was the Madness and Literature network, whose First International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham in August 2010, further details of which can be found on their website.

Supported by the AHRC, the Health Humanities network at the University of Nottingham is developing a broader research profile, under the leadership of Professor Paul Crawford. Further details on the International Health Humanities platform, accessible via: www.healthhumanities.org/ 

We are currently looking to set up a network of academic staff with an interest in Health Humanities. If you are interested in joining the network of academic staff with an interest in Health Humanities please contact Sue Hopcroft.

Living with Environmental Change

Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) crosses faculties and disciplines; there is an acknowledgement that living with environmental change requires not just scientific/technical solutions, that social science research on economics, behaviour change, and the challenges for societies are essential too. Arts and Humanities provide an historical perspective on living with environmental change which can illuminate our current dilemmas, but they can also capture current perspectives, perceptions and concepts and present them in innovative ways for diverse audiences. For more information please download our briefing document here MS Word Icon.

Energy, food security, water, the built environment and climate change are active research areas, for further information please contact Rosamund Aubrey.

The International Silk Road

The Silk Road is a group of routes linking China with the Middle East, Eastern Africa and Western Europe by land and sea.  It was called the Silk Road only from the mid 19 th century and as well as transporting silk from China, tea, porcelain and iron utensil were also traded, while spice, precious stones, leather, glass and agricultural products were transported eastwards. As well as the physical exchange of goods, there was the exchange of people, knowledge, ideas, culture, and technology. These cultural interactions, exchange and trade and the cities, deserts, countries and seas traversed, form the basis of an interdisciplinary research network.

Professor Julian Henderson is developing The International Silk Road project with UoN colleagues from Humanities, Biology (Genetics), Modern Languages, Geography, Contemporary Chinese Studies, Tourism, the Centre for Geospatial Science and the British Geological Survey. Colleagues in Stockholm, Barcelona, Fudan, and Beijing Universities and Museums in Germany and the UK are already involved.

The first project proposed is, The Silk Road: Culture, Conflict and Diaspora.  The other strands are Cultural History and the Silk Road and Cities and the Silk Road.

If you are interested in the activities of this group please contact Lisa McCabe.

Towards Pervasive Media

In 2009 the Pervasive Media Group secured £200K of pump-priming funding from EPSRC, under the Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Account programme. ‘Towards Pervasive Media’ is the resulting initiative which aims to foster collaborations between the Arts, Humanities, Computer Science and Engineering at Nottingham.

The first phase involves a series of troubadour studies, residencies and makefests held over 6 months in order to catalyse and generate seed ideas for projects. The best of these will then be carried forward into a single sandpit event which will generate a portfolio of feasibility projects to be carried out over the final six months of the project. The project will culminate with a showcase event . It is hoped that ideas generated as part of this programme will go forward into funding proposals that might ultimately attract research council funding. Although the themes are shown as running independently, the parallel nature of the programme enables cross-theme explorations.

If you would like details of current activity, or are interested in joining the group or applying for TPM funding, please contact Lisa McCabe . If you are interested in viewing the origins of this activity, a case study of HSSRC-funded support for the initial stages of the Pervasive Media project is available via the link here .

Videos from the project are available to view here.
For the latest news from this network, please visit the dedicated website at:

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Emerging areas of research interest:

Creative Economy Research Cluster

Building on recent work with external partners from the Creative Industries a new research network drawn from across the University will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s Creative Economy. Key academics involved in the interdisciplinary research grouping include: Prof. Svenja Adolphs (English, CAS), Prof. Steve Benford (Computer Sciences), Dr Andrew Greenman (Business School), Prof. Roberta Pearson (CFM), Dr Gianluca Sergi (CFM), Prof. Pat Thomson (Education, incoming Director of CAS). For more details and to register your interest please contact Sally Bowden.
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Digital Humanities

A new network drawn from across Arts and Social Sciences and beyond to explore Digital Humanities is in the process of being established. Key academics already involved in interdisciplinary research activities include: Prof Svenja Adolphs (English, CAS), Prof Roberta Pearson (CFM), Dr Neal Curtis (CFM), Dr Katharina Lorenz (Classics), Dr Gary Priestnall (Geography), Dr Mark Rawlinson (Art History) and Dr Joanna Robinson (English). For more details and to register your interest please contact either Sally Bowden or Lisa McCabe.
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Moving Image Research

The British Film Institute (BFI), the University of Nottingham (lead HE partner) and the Open University have joined forces in an unprecedented partnership to exploit fully and develop the national archive resource held by the BFI for the benefit of the HE sector, and to create an interdisciplinary knowledge base to support the growth of new industries within the Digital Economy.

This major initiative will draw together academics from a range of disciplines (Business, Computer Sciences, Education, Film & TV Studies and Law) and practitioners from relevant industries to provide an interdisciplinary crucible of learning and research focused on digital technologies and archival access, media literacy and audiences. While significantly contributing to the UK government’s strategic goals for Digital Britain, the partnership will revolutionise the way in which moving image culture is understood, and archives exploited, by practitioners, audiences, and educators alike and position the UK’s HE sector as a world leader in the study and understanding of digital moving image economies.

Other significant partners in this development include EM-Media and Broadway Media Centre.

For more information and to register your interest in this group please contact Sally Bowden.

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