Research at University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is very proud to be home to a vibrant and dynamic research community with a range of specialist academic expertise. Our current research priorities focus on our areas of distinctiveness:
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability
  • Digital Futures
  • Crime and Social Justice
  • History and Heritage
  • Excellence in Education  
In a rapidly changing and increasingly globalised world, our research is agile, responsive, collaborative, and grounded in robust scientific and ethical approaches. Supported by our Research Institutes and Centres, research at the University of Suffolk:
  • significantly contributes to scientific, medical and technological innovation and solutions;
  • evidences and informs key policy debates and developments; and
  • actively challenges social injustice and inequality.
As a student-centred university, all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are underpinned by high-quality applied, professional, and practice-led research. We have a thriving multi-disciplinary post-graduate school, which works collaboratively with our four academic schools and offers a range of new opportunities for PhD study supported by senior academics.
The University of Suffolk’s vision is to be a strong community impact university. We are very proud that our research is having significant impact on the economic, cultural and educational lives of the communities we serve regionally, nationally and internationally.

Research Institutes

Research Institutes iStock

Our various research institutes and centres at University of Suffolk

PhD Study and the Graduate School


Working closely with academics in one of our research areas you will have an excellent experience here in Ipswich as a PhD student and make a valued contribution.

Research Governance


The University of Suffolk is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and excellence in research. 

Research Events and Opportunities

RS511 Waterfront (7)

Providing access and links to our news stories and forthcoming events.

Research showcase

Research Methods

A selection of our current research projects.

OARS - Open Access Repository Suffolk


Open Access Repository Suffolk is a digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by University of Suffolk staff.

Our People

Professor Emma Bond is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Socio-Technical Research of Suffolk at the University.  As Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Emma is a key member of our University’s Executive and Senior Leadership Team and has a significant role in driving the re...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010. She has a master's degree in quantitative economy (MSc), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an MPhil in Health and Social Care. She is an Academic with 25 years of experience in higher education and p...

Sue supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk working with Andreea Tocca, Head of Research Development and Professor Emma Bond, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. Sue is responsible for recording and monitoring all funding bids in the university, including ...

Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes and Research Institute Directors. Lucy is also the Committee Secretary for the University’s Staff Research Ethics Committee and the REF Working Gr...

Since joining the University of Suffolk, Katie has worked alongside local, national and international organisations to investigate the impact of interventions, programmes and service delivery upon the welfare and wellbeing of people across the lifespan using both qualitative and qua...

Sarah is the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in childhood. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and international schools. At the University of Suf...

I am Professor of Leadership & Management and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Suffolk Business School. In my research I take a social sciences approach to studying how managers and leaders learn and develop their practice.  Recent projects include Implications of...

Professor Nic Bury's research interests are primarily covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14 and 15 and includes aquatic toxicology, stress physiology and environmental monitoring. He supports the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) approach in animal resea...

Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Dean of the School of Health and Sports Sciences, with responsibility for research.  Gavin is also Head of Sport and Performance, which includes degrees in the subject areas of sport and exercise sciences, physiotherapy, public health, and dance. ...

Professor Horvath is a leading international researcher in the field of forensic psychology, specifically Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). She is co-editor of the second edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2021, Cambridge University Press) and is curren...

Professor Gladwell is extremely passionate about enhancing lifelong health, helping people to achieve, thrive and flourish by utilising the five ways to wellbeing: be active, take notice, give, connect and learn. ...

Colin R Martin is the Clinical Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Suffolk, UK and Professor of Clinical Psychobiology and Applied Psychoneuroimmunology.  He is a Chartered Health Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist.  He also trained in analy...