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 Welling
  • 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


Our various research institutes and centres at University of Suffolk

PhD Study and the Graduate School

Graduate School (Group) 0

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.

Our People

Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School at the University of Suffolk.  She is Professor of Socio-Technical Research and also Director of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER).  Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Educat...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010 as a Research Associate. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2013. Since August 2014, Andreea has acted as the University of Suffolk Research Development Manager. She has a Master degree in Quantitative Ec...

Sue supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk working with Andreea Tocca and Professor Emma Bond. Sue has previously worked in the University as PA to the Dean of School for Law and Social Sciences to Professor Noel Smith. ...

Katrina joined the University of Suffolk in October 2017 as the Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Graduate School and deals with all things PhD.  Prior to this, Katrina has worked in Research Administration and Events Management roles for the University of Aberdeen, K...

Olumide is a Research Fellow and Head of Centre for Abuse Research at the University of Suffolk. She has a cross-disciplinary research experience straddling both economics and sociology. Her core specialisms are in applying economic and sociological methods in the fields of domesti...

Katie joined the University of Suffolk in 2017 after graduating with a MSc in Mental Health Research with distinction from the University of Nottingham. Katie is a founding member of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER). Since joining the University of Su...

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

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 rese...

Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology, and is the Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching. Gavin is an exercise physiologist, with a research background in understanding how blood pressure is regulated during exercise, as well as ...

Deputy Dean of Suffolk Business School.  Fran was previously a Marketing practitioner for 13 years before moving into Marketing lecturing working in London and Essex then joining the University of Suffolk in August 2018 as a Course Leader and Lecturer in Marketing. ...

Fiona founded Survivors in Transition in 2009 to provide support to female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SiT became a charity in 2011 and now supports men and women who have experienced Sexual Abuse, Violence and Exploitation in childhood. ...