Research and Impact
At Durham we believe that our research benefits from collaboration and from being shared with others, whose ideas and support can give us greater confidence and ambition.
Research and Impact
At Durham we seek:
- to encourage all colleagues to pursue research that is innovative and that addresses significant and ambitious historical problems and question
- to foster a vibrant, diverse, and intellectually stimulating research community that includes not only academic staff, but doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as visiting scholars
- to promote engagement and impact activities beyond the academic world
- to enhance the department’s international reputation for research
Our research engages with a wide range of non-academic audiences and users across the world. Colleagues in the department play advisory roles for a number of governments in both foreign and domestic policy, including the US State Department, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Parliamentary Petitions service, the Swiss Foreign Office, and a wide range of NGOs and charities. We work in the creative arts sector, with leading global sound and light companies, with schools in the region, in the UK, and internationally, from Germany to India, and with youth movements in South Africa. Our research into medieval food is to be found in a Newcastle restaurant, on heat and cities in East Asia, and on debates on confederate statues in the USA.
Research centres and institutesAcademic members of the Department are actively involved in, and in some cases lead, a number of Research Institutes and Centres within the University.
OutreachDurham History’s world-leading research is grounded in its outstanding collections (such as the Oriental Museum, the largest collection of East Asian artefacts outside London, or the Sudan Archive housed in Special Collections), and in extensive international research networks of its staff.