We’re recognised internationally for our globally important research with peaks of excellence in social sciences, human rights and data analytics. We were awarded the UK’s first Regius Professorship of Political Science, Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Human Rights and Social Sciences, and the world’s first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science.
Our flagship institutes bring together academics from across disciplines and departments to deliver research which offers significant practical insights and impact. They engage with a wide range of external partners at a national and international level from NGOs and national governments through to the European Union and United Nations.
We conduct research into issues and challenges in data exploration and big data from a multitude of perspectives. Our Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) drives breakthroughs and innovation in a range of areas, including technologies for management and transfer of big data; methodological and analytical methods for different types of applications from financial and business to biomedical; and socio-economic aspects of data; and ethical, legal and human rights aspects of data.
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) is funded and commissioned to undertake innovative and influential social and economic research, which looks at how people’s lives are changing over time.
Some health challenges seem impossible to overcome including rising obesity, infant and adult mortality, and a lack of fair access to mental health support. At Essex, we believe good health and wellbeing for all is achievable by better addressing the multiple root causes of ill-health and by taking a collaborative, interdisciplinary and global approach.
Our centres cover a wide range of topics and provide hubs for our academics in these fields. Some of our centres represent a single area within a department, while others are interdisciplinary with members from various departments coming together to focus on an issue. Where our centres or research groups are interdisciplinary, they have been listed below in their lead department.