Creativity is a key driver of modern, dynamic societies and is at the centre of our research excellence. Our research links traditional arts and humanities disciplines with science and engineering. We work with partners in the creative sector and we study the impact of creativity on our society and economy.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) research

From covid analysis to air quality, our researchers are investigating the immediate impact of the virus as well as the longer-term implications for society. 

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Research topics

Focus area

Digital creativity

The creative industries are one of the UK’s leading industrial sectors with an established reputation for content production and technological innovation. Our research supports this expertise with academic collaborations across linguistic, cultural, aesthetic and cognitive dimensions.

Featured research

Research Champion

Professor Rachel Cowgill, Research Champion for Creativity

Rachel Cowgill is Professor of Music and cultural-historical musicologist in the Department of Music. Her research focuses on music in cultural history, encompassing Mozart, opera studies, British music and musical cultures, internationalism, conflict and commemoration, and music, gender and identity. 

Creativity research at York: overview (PDF , 146kb)