University of Salford Manchester

Research centres

College of Arts & Social Sciences

School of Arts & Media

The work of CCM is characterised by an engagement with the social operations of culture and media, organised into groups focusing on 'screen media and media practice', 'cultural politics and social communication' and 'community, audience, and place'. Read more...

Researchers at the Centre engage with English language literatures written in all major periods from the Medieval to the present day. The Centre has particular strengths in popular print media, Holocaust poetry, literature and science, women's writing, Irish studies and creative writing. Read more...

Building upon existing strengths within history, contemporary security, terrorism and intelligence studies, the Centre acts as a focal point for research into the past and present of European security, aiming to transcend disciplinary boundaries in order to examine security, terrorism and intelligence issues together, in both their historical and contemporary dimensions. Read more...

The Centre for Media, Art & Design Research and Engagement (MADRE) is hosted by the School of Art & Design and brings together over 30 research-active members of staff from across the School, including both embryonic and early career researchers engaged in theory and practice based creative investigations. Read more...

The Centre takes the term "popular" in its widest sense. Research interests incorporate work which explores music's social meanings and contexts, especially in the form with which it reaches a mass audience; compositions which operate within the stylistic frameworks of musical genres that have, until recently, been excluded from academic investigation (pop, rock, rhythm and blues, country, brass and wind band music); work which focuses on the histories and accompanying theories of the various genres affiliated under the rubric of popular music - hip hop, trance, heavy metal, mass improvisation. Read more...

The research focus of the centre is predominantly driven by interest and activities in contemporary performance practice. Research interests centre largely on multimedia and new media performance modes including digital performance, site specific, networked performance and dance and screen as well as pedagogic research interests in the teaching of performance practice in the 21st century. Read more...

School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences

The centre brings together researchers on human rights, democracy, the state, social democracy, political corruption, gender equality, post-Communist parties, radical social theory, Islamism, globalization, labour markets, international political economy and political communications. Read more...

The Centre provides a stimulating environment for research in a wide range of subjects, including the syntax-semantics interface, morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics; first and second language acquisition; corpus linguistics; descriptive linguistics (particularly English, French and Arabic), corpus linguistics, language pedagogy and lexicography. Read more...

The Centre's work is characterised by a close engagement with policy makers, practitioners and the wider community to produce relevant and influential research. The Centre aims to build "positive partnerships" with outside agencies that focus on revealing and disseminating important messages for tackling problems and challenges faced by contemporary society. Read more...

The Centre includes one of the largest clusters of translation and interpreting specialists in the UK and brings together the language expertise and scholarship of experts in literary, social and political theory to foster an interdisciplinary approach to translation and interpreting. Read more...

The Centre strives to generate empirically based, policy-related research which has the capacity to ensure valuable practical benefits to those who either work within our prisons or who are there under sentence. Read more...

College of Business & Law

Salford Business School

The Centre for Digital Business is made up of a research active, multi-disciplinary team of academics that have earned an internationally respected reputation for high quality, relevant and accessible research. Areas of expertise are comprehensive focusing upon the application of digital technologies and information systems within business settings. Read more...

Research in Finance, Accounting and Economics generates insight into the economic impact of changes in real and financial markets, in financial reporting, and in society as a whole. Read more...

Research in Information Systems brings together a community of scholars who share an interest in the social and organisational aspects of information systems and information and communications technologies. Read more...

Research in Strategy, People Management and Salford Law embraces the work of a diverse set of established and emerging scholars in the broad area of management of organisations and institutions, and law. Read more...

Marketing and Services Management research is organised around a number of thematic areas, in both the private and public sectors - tourism, agriculture and food, international business markets and the branding of political parties. Read more...

Particular themes include: models of quality management, agile operations, lean organizations, and business excellence; global supply chain management; risk and crisis management; integrated service solutions for complex technical systems; automation and cognition in manufacturing and factories of the future. Read more...

Particular interests include: models of maintenance and reliability of technical systems; inventory and supply chain modelling; the modelling of strategic decisions using System Dynamics; and statistical and operational research modelling in medicine and health care management. Read more...

The Centre for Social Business brings together research-active members of staff from across the University who are engaged with a growing national and international network of universities and practitioners dedicated to the understanding and promotion of the concept of social business. Our vision is to lead international thinking on social business with a view to developing business practices which go beyond regulatory compliance and towards the creation of value for businesses and other stakeholders. Read more...

The Centre for Sports Business promotes research and consultancy in sports statistics and analytics, sport finance, sport law and the economics of sport. It boasts a continued record of world-renowned research with its members publishing their work in top-rated academic journals. Read more...

College of Health & Social Care

School of Health Sciences

Research is organised through nine research programmes linked directly to health, health care and to the practice of health, sport and exercise professionals.

The Centre is a highly multidisciplinary environment with members drawn from the health professions, including physiotherapy, podiatry, public health and psychology, sports rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics and occupational therapy, as well as engineering, sport science, and computing science. Read more...

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences

The School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences has a strong reputation of research excellence. We advance nursing, midwifery and social work education and practice, and we inform social policy, through a wide range of real world research. This is achieved through collaboration on funded research with a range of partners, publication of high quality reports, papers and conference presentations and a range of postgraduate research programmes. The Centre’s research benefits health and social care service users and carers, educators, practitioners and policy-makers. Our commitment to public involvement adds relevance to our work. Read more...

College of Science & Technology

The Centre for Applied Archaeology has three aims - to undertake undergraduate and post graduate teaching and research, especially within industrial archaeology and the built environment; to undertake, promote and research access to heritage and community archaeology; and to undertake archaeological consultancy work and professional development courses. The Centre is the only University-based archaeology organisation to be housed within the School of the Built Environment. It has already established multi-year landscape research and community archaeology projects, and is developing a range of professional seminars and post-graduate courses with an emphasis on industrial archaeology and the built environment. Read more...

The Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) is a multiple award-winning research and consultancy unit.
Our interdisciplinary team offer an extensive range of expertise and knowledge in a wide variety of areas, and provides research and consultancy services in the broad areas of: diversity and inclusion; sustainable consumption and community resources.
Through our work, the unit aims to: improve understanding of and engagement with the lives of those most vulnerable in our society; understand and navigate complex social issues within the built and human environment; and inform evidence-based policy making. Read more...

School of the Built Environment

The Centre works with communities around the world to increase their resilience to the threat posed by natural and human induced hazards.

The Centre for Disaster Resilience promotes research and scholarly activity that examines the role of building and construction to anticipate and respond to disasters that damage or destroy the built environment. The Centre is a focal point of excellence for promoting the understanding the University of Salford, UK, within its Built and Human Environment Research. The Centre undertakes a full range of research styles, from fundamental theory building to highly applied and widely disseminated. Holistic solutions to real world problems are facilitated by the flow, interaction and creation of knowledge across multi-disciplinary groups and networks. Read more...

The Centre is at the forefront of developing Construction IT and has made significant contributions in communication, visualisation, integration, and intelligent systems research, process protocols, product models, knowledge-based systems and numerous integrated computing environments. Current efforts focus on developing modelling and simulation environments for the virtual prototyping of sustainable buildings and cities. Read more...

The Centre promotes research in construction management at strategic, tactical and operational levels from local, national and international perspectives. The activities of the centre are underpinned by both theory and practice. In addition to promoting a community of practice, the centre also networks internationally with different stakeholder communities (individuals, organisations, policy makers and government bodies). Read more...

The Centre's mission is "to be recognised as one of the leading multidisciplinary centres in the built and human environment nationally and internationally, in order to deliver a construction industry that is valued by society". Recent examples of the Centre's activities include an Optimal Learning Spaces for Schools project, the integration of a lean production management system with Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a major contribution to the development of the Energy House and Energy Hub initiatives. Read more...

SURFACE is a multi-disciplinary centre forging a joined-up approach to teaching, research and consultancy in inclusive design. Committed to tackling 'real world' challenges, the Centre explores design using the social model of disability, from the planning of the public realm to the detailing of the home, its products and technologies. Part of the highest-rated built environment research institute in the UK, SURFACE is supported by a worldwide network of partners, including experts from policy and industry. The Centre thrives on an international reputation for excellence, especially in the provision of award winning distance learning. Read more...

SURF's research aims to generate understanding about how political, economic, social, technological and environmental changes interact to affect urban and regional futures. Addressing these challenges requires analysis of developing governance frameworks, as well as policy-specific and crosscutting issues. In so doing, this agenda seeks to research both the 'what' and the 'how' of contemporary urban and regional challenges. Read more...

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Acoustics and audio research has been conducted at Salford since before 1965. Research is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry, including major national and international names. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally. Read more...

The centre is part of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. The centre houses a multidisciplinary group lead by Prof Samia Nefti-Meziani with interests in autonomous systems and robotics and their constituent technologies. The group has strong national and international links with both industry and other research institutes. The core group of researchers in the laboratory includes over a dozen graduate students and three senior academic research members. This centre holds the academic (national and international) Master programmes in Robotics and Automation and Embedded systems and the projects are primarily associated with Aerospace industries in France and England. Read more...

Research is performed under three main areas: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Read more...

The Informatics Research Centre in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford builds on the history, success and achievements of the research in Computer Science and Information Systems developed at the University of Salford over the last thirty years. Read more...

Members of this large and prestigious Research Centre are drawn from applied, computational and theoretical areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics. Approaching 50 staff from the Materials & Physics Research Centre were submitted in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), as members of the University's (now-restructured) Institute for Materials Research. Read more...

School of Environment & Life Sciences

Biomedical Sciences Research represents the research activities of the University in the areas of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Health-related topics. Members of the Institute undertake leading edge research in real-world areas, including the detection and treatment of parasitic diseases, and the development of new forms of cancer chemotherapy. Read more...

The Ecosystem & Environment Research Centre comprises around thirty researchers working on interdisciplinary projects concerned with disease ecology, biodiversity, socio-ecological systems, and landscape dynamics. Read more...