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Research at the University of York

Curiosity-driven, action oriented research.

From climate change to robotics, we tackle some of the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges facing our rapidly changing world.

By building positive partnerships and working closely with communities around the world, we're able to explore cultural insights, track societal shifts and deliver effective solutions as populations adapt to economic and global pressures. Our aim is to co-create research that brings benefits for generations to come.

As a University for public good, our researchers draw on academic excellence coupled with bold, creative thinking to change lives for the better.

Professor Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research

Research focus

Our research spans the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. These are just some of our major research projects happening now:

The Institute for Safe Autonomy

Our new £45m centre is at the forefront of research into safe robotics and autonomous systems


We’re working with partners on a clean, green future that will create jobs and boost inward investment

Research news

Institute of Mental Health Research launches at University of York

The University of York has launched a new Institute of Mental Health Research aimed at reducing the number of people affected by mental ill-health and its impact on individuals, families and health services.

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Research themes

Find out how our themes align our academic strengths to best meet the grand scientific, social and environmental challenges or our time.

Studying and career development

Explore our research degrees and fellowships, or find your new research role at York.

Collaborating with industry

World-leading research is happening in the heart of Yorkshire, and we can help your business be a part of it.

Whatever your business development needs, we can help.

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Case studies

Find out how our researchers work with communities around the world to improve lives, gain cultural insights, track social changes and tackle inequalities.

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