Culture and communication

Working on all periods from prehistory to the present, and on places across the globe, our researchers explore every kind of cultural activity, product and practice from poetry to pollution, alongside every aspect of communications from syntax to cyberspace.

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Focus area

The built environment

We live in a world that has been shaped by human activity. Our researchers explore the past, present and future of the built environments we inhabit.

Researchers at York have explored the historical, cultural and societal significance of the buildings and human-made spaces into which we are born, live, work, relax, worship and grow old in. Their work shows how the shape and form of the built environment constrains and affects the way we live.

Featured research

Research Champions

Dr Keith Allen and Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Research Champions for Culture and Communication

Stephanie Wynne-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology. Her research is based in Eastern Africa, where she works on urbanism, material culture and the links between history and archaeology.

Keith Allen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses primarily on colour, perception and the mind, including the historical development of thinking about these issues.

Culture and communication research at York: overview (PDF , 190kb)