University research themes
At York, researchers collaborate across the University's seven interdisciplinary research themes to address the great scientific, social and environmental challenges of our times.
Our academics and Centres are driving York's research agenda by pushing the frontiers of knowledge within each theme.
Justice and Equality
Questions of fairness, inclusivity, equality and welfare lie at the heart of much of the research conducted in the Department of Politics and our Centres.
From normative discussions about the significance of historical injustices, through issues of justice and fairness in resource allocation in public policy, to the challenges of putting human rights into practice and empowering the most vulnerable or disadvantaged groups in society, our research is setting the political agenda on questions of justice and equality around the world.
Health and Wellbeing
Health is affected by the social and political environment we live in, as well as by the political choices made. We have several researchers analysing health inequalities, the politics of healthcare and the drivers of health policy development.
- Understanding national and regional governance of health in East Africa for better health resource allocation
- Co-Production of Policing Evidence, Research and Training: Focus Mental Health
- Community Health Workers in Brazil and the Global Movement for Universal Health Coverage
- War and Peace: the Health and Health System Consequences of Conflict in Colombia
Environmental Sustainability and Resilience
With specific research strengths in the global political economy, security studies and environmental politics, the Department of Politics is particularly well-placed to explore problems central to this research theme. From food and energy security to climate change and pollution, we contribute to the development of sustainable policy solutions.