The four research institutes, Data Science, Material Science, Security Lancaster & Social Futures provide a framework for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. Bringing together academics, specialists and enterprise, the Institutes aim to develop interdisciplinary research in areas that are strategic in terms of Lancaster’s own research strengths, as well as within the wider research landscape. Last year, the Institutes contributed almost 18% of Lancaster Universities total research awarded grants.
DSI – Data Science Institute
Data Science at Lancaster aims to act as a catalyst for the field of Data Science and to provide an end-to-end interdisciplinary research capability - from infrastructure and fundamentals through to globally relevant problem domains and the social, legal and ethical issues raised by the use of Data Science.
We conduct research into the foundations of Data Science together with cross-cutting theme areas consisting of:
- environment, resilience and sustainability
- health and ageing
- data and society
We take a deliberately interdisciplinary approach, encouraging researchers to work across theme and discipline boundaries. Examples of current collaborative partners include BT, Google, IBM, National Health Service, Public Health England, Shell and the World Health Organisation.
Institute Administrator – Currently Vacant email@example.com
Director – Prof Nigel Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Prof Idris Eckley email@example.com
MSI – Materials Science Institute
The MSI aims to provide a platform to allow for an interdisciplinary approach to the research, development, commercialisation and education of new materials science that provides solutions to the challenges faced in supporting a productive and healthy nation.
The MSI’s researchers are based around four key themes that are based on Lancaster’s existing strengths and which address key areas where materials science development can have meaningful impact:
- Active Surfaces and Interfaces – the role of active surfaces and interfaces underpin nearly all materials science and engineering. Core facilities provide solid foundations for larger complex grant applications, and to support the entire process of theorising, designing, making, analysing applying surfaces and interfaces over a large range of scales.
- Health Innovation Materials – this focuses on the development of new materials to provide materials-based solutions to solve problems in healthcare and medicine. The MSI have a unique niche approach by focusing on materials and engineering solutions, drawn from all four faculties at the university, which address pressing unmet patient needs. Some areas of particular focus are:
- The early diagnosis of asymptomatic disease
- New approaches to fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance
- Enabling early intervention
- Advanced Manufacturing – advances in additive manufacturing techniques stand to transform the way in which materials are turned into products and components. The MSI uses cutting-edge facilities for preparing objects on a wide range of different length scales.
- Material Social Futures – This Leverhulme backed Centre of Doctoral Training is a joint initiative with ISF. It is to address the urgent need to provide PhD training for researchers to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries and think about the wider impact of their research. It is hoped that this approach will lead to the development of new materials and methodologies that reduce the need on harmful practices in product life-cycles.
Institute Administrador – Lizzie McAdam firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Prof Rob Short email@example.com
Security Lancaster Institute
Security Lancaster aims to integrate behavioural, management, social and technological research to address contemporary issues relating to the security of individuals, organisations and society. The overarching aim of the institute is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Institute is driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter is achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners, facilitated by a dedicated partnership management team
- Behavioural Science - Our work focuses on communicating across cultures, countering terrorism, logging decision expertise, and building techniques for effective detection and resolution of suspicious behaviour.
- Cyber Security - Our cyber security research is multi-disciplinary and puts the person at the heart of security decisions. We work across a wide variety of sectors to help businesses, other organisations and individuals to gain an understanding of cyber threats, how to counter them, embed cyber security practices and establish a cyber security culture to help support and protect the UK economy.
- DS:21 - DS:21 is a research space where we explore the changing nature of war, technology and international politics in the 21st century. In the 21st century new technologies are transforming all aspects of society and war, creating new techniques and technologies of conflict
- Transport & Infrastructure - Our research includes the x-ray screening of cargo and vehicles, sensing and data fusion, analysis of flight and video data, and unmanned aerial vehicles
- Violence & Society - Our violence and society researchers work together with our partners to enhance solutions to interpersonal violence probing empirical, practical and theoretical links between violence and security through research, training and evaluations that put the victims of violence at the centre of solution-focused work.
Institute Administrator – Paul Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Prof Paul Taylor email@example.com
ISF – Institute for Social Futures
Thinking futures is now widespread, fateful and problematic. Yet much futures research neglects the insights that social science, the arts and humanities, can offer. Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science and humanities to examine what futures might develop within key domains of human/material activity.
The aim of the Institute for Social Futures is to improve thinking, visioning, analysis and data relating to futures. It will bring high-quality social science theory and research into productive relations with science, technology, health and management and through working with many external partners.
Institute Administrator – Astra Chifiero firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Prof Linda Woodhead email@example.com
Director – Prof Richard Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Prof Rebecca Braun email@example.com