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Research centres

We have a thriving research environment, with areas of established internationally recognised expertise. Our research tackles issues that support the needs of international partners, national governments, and regional and local organisations.

Our institutional Research Centres and Groups support our interdisciplinary approach to excellent impactful research and underpin our strategic aim to encourage staff to engage in scholarly activity and external research collaborations.

The aim, through our connections, is to provide value to the community through innovative research approaches and solutions to real issues.

Research Centres

We provide leading research and expertise in the following areas:

Centre of Archaeology

Our expertise in the Centre of Archaeology is on holocaust and forensic archaeology. Work in the field has included archaeological surveys at strategic extermination camps and killing sites in Europe, including Treblinka, Poland and Anhatlager, Serbia.

You can find out more about us and the work that we do at the Centre of Archaeology blog.

Centre DirectorProfessor Caroline Sturdy-Colls

Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research

At the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research we conduct socially relevant research that has a positive impact on psychological health. Examples include: understanding how to better help people cope with chronic pain; exploring the impact of conspiracy theories on health behaviour; identifying the effect of social norms on health behaviour and attitude change.

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our research. We are a vibrant community of psychologists with a clear focus on ensuring that our work has meaning for those who we carry out research for, including the academic community, practitioners, policy makers and the wider public.

You can find out more about us and the work that we do at the Centre for Psychological Research blog.

Centre DirectorProfessor Karen Rodham

Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT)

Our work within the team focuses on improving health, the quality of life and healthcare provision by solving complex biomechanical issues related to diseases that are a public health concern. We aim to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal biomechanics through highly innovative and integrated approaches.

You can find out more about us and the work that we do at the Clinical Biomechanics blog.

Centre DirectorProfessor Nachi Chockalingam

The Centre for Health and Development (CHAD)

The Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) undertakes applied, translational research to improve health and help to reduce health and social inequalities in our local communities. In partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council, we’ve developed an extensive network of individuals and organisations to tackle local issues.

You can find out more at the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) website.

Centre DirectorProfessor Chris Gidlow

The C3 Centre: Creative Industries and Creative Communities

The C3 Centre: Creative Industries and Creative Communities engages in research that reflects the search for new conceptual and critical insights into practices used by individual artists, collectives and creative thinkers who are passionate about engaging, interacting and co-creating with their surrounding communities.  We focus on the areas of Ceramics, Creative Industry and Creative Communities that make Staffordshire University impactful through its creative engagements. Our research has national and international significance in its application of creative and cultural insights into the local and regional regeneration, the economy, and wellbeing agendas. We apply our research to creative engagement in local settings such as through local art galleries, hardship communities, creative industry business models, emerging film clusters, or the re-emergence of ceramics-oriented communities in Stoke-on-Trent. Although our research is applied mostly in local settings, its application to urban and rural regeneration is recognised as having international significance.

You can find out more about us and the work that we do at the C3 Centre blog.

Centre Director: Professor Carola Boehm
Centre Co-Directors: Professor Ian Brown, Professor Neil Brownsword

Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice (SCoLPP)

SCoLPP is committed to developing evidence-informed pedagogic practice which connects learning and teaching to enhanced social mobility. Research themes include: examining pedagogical possibilities and evaluating the emancipatory nature of learning; developing evidence-informed evaluation methodologies for capturing the socio-cultural impact of effective learning approaches; translating evidence-informed learning into thought-leading participatory practice and collaborative enquiry.

Centre Director: Professor Stella Jones-Devitt

Centre for Crime, Justice and Security

The Centre for Crime, Justice and Security aims for the promotion, development and implementation of justice in various forms. Work primarily focusses on criminal justice but also in terms of how social justice impacts and is impacted by criminal justice practices. The work we do with our communities aims to enrich and transform lives and to positively impact on policy and practice in wider social and criminal justice environments. 

The Centre leads on ground-breaking research, innovations and enterprise initiatives that are committed to human rights, global security and justice for all.  

Centre Director: Prof Claire Gwinnett

Theme Leads:

Investigation, Security and Intelligence – Prof Graham Williams

Crime, Justice and Communities – Prof James Treadwell

Professional Education, Regulation and Standards – Prof John Cassella


Our Research Groups

Our dynamic research environment covers a wide range of expertise. Contact the Research Group lead for more information.

Research Groups at Staffordshire University
Research GroupResearch Group lead
Crime and Society Research Group Sarah Page ( and Dr Em Temple-Malt
Staffordshire University Forensic Canine Research and Development Group Martin Grime (Visiting Fellow) and Professor John Cassella
Burial Research Group Professor John Cassella
Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology Research Group Dr Matthew Slater
Microplastic and Forensic Fibres
(Microplastic and Forensic Fibres blog)
Dr Claire Gwinnett
Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Group Dr Gavin McStay
Invertebrate Research Group Dr Dave Skingsley
Green Wall Centre Research Group (Green Wall Centre Twitter page) Dr Eleanor Atkins