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
  • Culture 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 Doctoral College, 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

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Our various research institutes and centres at University of Suffolk

PhD Study and the Suffolk Doctoral College


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

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

Research showcase

Research Methods

A selection of our current research projects.

Our Recent Publications


A selection of our recent academic publications. 

National Conference - May 2023


Together for Transformation: Research for a Changing World

University Homepage

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Public Lecture Series

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Our People

Professor Emma Bond is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk.  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 r...

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...

Sue supports the Research Directorate (RD) team at the University of Suffolk working with Professor Emma Bond, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Andreea Tocca, Head of Research Development. Sue is responsible for all research engagement activities and research governance within ...

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...

Stephen is the Head of Research Management in the University of Suffolk Research Office. ...

Sam supports the Research Directorate (RD) as the Research Systems Administrator and joined in April 2023.  Within this role, Sam provides administrative support to the Research Office (RO) including the monitoring and management of the RO inbox for all research related enquiries...

Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes. Lucy is administrator for the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Institute for Social Justice and Crime, and also provides support to the wi...

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...

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...

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. ...

Darryl Newport (Professor of Energy and Sustainable Development) is the Director of the Suffolk Sustainability Institute at the University of Suffolk, UK.  He is adjunct Professor of Sustainable Materials Engineering at the University of East London. He has a wide research interest...

Sara is Director of the Digital Futures Institute. Working with colleagues, the Institute will develop focus areas such as digital education, environment, ICT, health and security. As BT Professor and Director of the DigiTech Centre, Sara is looking to deepen the University’s part...

Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Prior to this role she was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities for three years. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in Childhood Studies and has twenty...

Kerri is our newly appointed Postgraduate Research Academic Coordinator, working within the Suffolk Doctoral College in the Research Directorate team. Her role involves processing PhD applications and supporting students from their initial enquiry right through until the students co...

Hazel joined the University in March 2022 and is currently working full-time as Co-ordinator of the Suffolk Doctoral College.  She is responsible for processing PhD enquiries, organising inductions and social events for PGR students, co-ordinating queries, maintaining student re...

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