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Our research

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.

Collaborate with us

Whether you're looking for knowledge, funding, or specialist facilities, we have a broad range of business services that can connect you to the right resources and talent to get an edge over the competition.

Our connections extend internationally thanks to our participation in collaborative framesworks like the Erasmus programme and International Credit Mobilities (ICM), as well benefiting from the expertise of our visiting titleholders.

You can learn more about our research through our Research Centres and Research Groups, or by searching our latest publications on the Staffordshire Online Repository (STORE) research database.

Latest additions

Staffordshire Online Repository (STORE)

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


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
Big Data & Informatics Group (BDAI) To be confirmed - contact Research Services
Games Publishing, Production and Artistic Studies Research Group Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart (
Music, Film and Screen Studies Research Group Dr Marc Estibeiro ( and Dr Dave Payling
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 Martin Turner
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