Research and innovation

School celebrates success at REF 2021

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Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies

Access an extensive database of the history of Pinter’s work in the UK.

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Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture

Leeds to lead new survey of English dialects.

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Land Lines: British Nature Writing

Researching British nature writing from the late 18th century to the present day.

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Our research

Our staff and research students form a diverse and welcoming community united by a passion for knowledge and innovation. We blend research and practice, and explore an enormous range of areas including many interdisciplinary endeavours.

The breadth of our expertise, combined with our external partnerships and collaborations, means that the work we do has a real impact both in the UK and worldwide.

Research groups

The American Studies Research Group examines American literature and culture from the seventeenth century to the present day.

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The Critical Life Research Group examines postcolonial literature, life writing, animism, psychoanalysis, and memory studies.

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The Environmental Humanities Research Group examines the relationships between human creativity, social life, and the nonhuman world.

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The Medical Humanities Research Group examines the experiences, practices, representations and histories of medicine, health, and wellbeing.

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The Postcolonial Research Group covers a wide range of topics relating to the globalised present as well as the colonial past.

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The Textual Histories Research Group examines textual studies, textual editing, and the history of the book.

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Research centres

The Centre for the Comparative History of Print explores print across cultures and time periods and brings together researchers from a range of specialisms including English, History, Philosophy and History of Art.

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An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures and Faculty of Medicine and Health. The Centre aims to drive forward the rapidly developing subject area of Medical Humanities and acts as a point of focus both for academic research and knowledge transfer/impact activities.

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Our Poetry Centre draws on the University's strength and heritage in creative writing, driving teaching and research in poetry. We are also committed to sharing talent and expertise in poetry through a programme of public readings, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.

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Wider research activity

Researchers from our School also engage in collaborative research with other subject areas and participate in interdisciplinary research initiatives such as: