Our research

Nottingham, a UNESCO City of Literature, is shaped by its richly diverse demographic, and its cultural life has connections across the world.

Culture Matters draws on this web of connections to bring cutting-edge research in arts and humanities to bear on how we negotiate cultural diversity, and how communities engage with an often difficult and contested heritage.

We work with partners in the creative, cultural and heritage industries, commerce and the public sector regionally, nationally, and internationally to ensure that academic research serves the needs of practitioners, and yields real-world benefits for the wider public.

Our University

Culture Matters builds research teams that cut across disciplinary boundaries to address real-world challenges. We take particular pride in our successes in connecting arts research with cutting-edge digital technologies, from eye tracking to digital citizen science and geo-tagging to immersive Virtual Reality experiences. We bring expertise in communication, culture, heritage and the co-production of knowledge to bear on how modern audiences engage with their histories, with their cultural productions and with one another.

Research centres, groups and institutes
  • Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (CADRE)
  • Centre for Hidden Histories
  • Centre for Regional Literature and Culture (CRLC)
  • Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL)
  • Centre for Research in Visual Culture
  • Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Post-Conflict Societies
  • Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies (CTCCS)
  • D.H. Lawrence Research Centre
  • Digital Culture Research Network
  • Interdisciplinary Modernisms Research Network
  • Institute for Medieval Research
  • Institute for Name Studies (INS)
  • Linguistic Profiling for Professionals (English)
  • Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)



World-class research at the University of Nottingham

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