Research is a key strategic priority for the School, with particular strengths in the areas of anthropology, biological sciences, developmental and cognitive psychology, health psychology and neuroscience.
The Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology (RCEAP), founded in 2004, focuses on biological anthropology. Our position, in a science rather than a social science milieu, engenders a strong interdisciplinary and hypothesis-testing approach to our research, which has an emphasis on fieldwork. The main themes of research at RCEAP are social behaviour, ecology and conservation, contexts of human evolution, human variation and adaptability and forensic anthropology.
The Psychology section of the school has historically had a core of research active staff producing publications in major peer reviewed journals over a number of years. Over the last five years, the department has experienced an increase in personnel, together with an expansion in space, research facilities and activities. There is now a desire to build on and expand this existing base and to produce quality research in a range of areas in psychology and applied psychology, such as human factors, cognition, developmental psychology, health psychology, consciousness and transpersonal psychology, and substance abuse.