Our dynamic research community
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
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.
Professor Emma Bond is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk.
Katie is a Research Fellow and REF Coordinator, working on a variety of research projects.
Sue is responsible for all research engagement activities and research governance within the Research Directorate.
Stephen is the Head of Research Management in the Research Office, responsible for delivering a responsive and efficient research grants and funding service.
Sam supports the Research Directorate (RD) as the Research Systems Administrator and joined in April 2023.
Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes.
Professor Horvath is a leading international researcher in the field of forensic psychology, specifically Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
Colin is Clinical Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and Professor of Clinical Psychobiology and Applied Psychoneuroimmunology.
Professor Gladwell's research utilises biochemical, physiological, and psychological skills, with a passion for enhancing lifelong health.
Darryl Newport (Professor of Energy and Sustainable Development) is the Director of the Suffolk Sustainability Institute at the University of Suffolk, UK.
Sara is Director of the Digital Futures Institute, working to develop focus areas such as digital education, environment, ICT, health and security.
Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Formerly an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities.
Kerri is our newly appointed Postgraduate Research Academic Coordinator, working within the Suffolk Doctoral College in the Research Directorate team.