The University of Lincoln is an institution founded by and for its communities, and committed to working with them in the development of new knowledge. A signatory to one of the first Civic University Agreements in the UK, the University of Lincoln is applying its research expertise to a wide range of areas with community relevance, locally, nationally, and internationally.

These include arts, justice, and migration; place-making and future cities; parliamentary democracy and community engagement; young fathers, parenthood, and play streets; and community archaeology, the heritage economy, and understanding medieval communities.

Centre for Creativity and Culture (C4CC)

The Centre for Culture and Creativity is a ‘think and do’ tank, researching and leading on cultural programmes and creativity.

It is part of the University of Lincoln’s commitment to, and investment in the civic and cultural life of the county, and the national and international conversation on creativity.

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Digging Up the Past

School pupils have been getting their hands dirty (virtually, that is) as part of series of free, fun online archaeology-themed workshops.

Medieval Studies Research Group

The Medieval Studies Research Group brings together academics, archivists, librarians, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers with interdisciplinary interests both in the medieval period itself and in the later interpretation and representation of the medieval past.

The group has a strong relationship with the wider scholarly and professional community including Lincoln Cathedral Library and Archives, with whom they collaborate in both teaching and research.

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Lincoln Cathedral

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Transforming the Lives of Young Fathers

Researchers at Lincoln are working on a new study into the lived experiences and needs of young fathers in a bid to develop a compassionate and truly participatory social policy and support environment for members of society that are often stigmatised or deemed a risk.

Global and Transregional Studies Research Group

The Global and Transregional Studies Research Group brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who share research interests in international, transregional, and global studies.

Scholars in the group are developing research and publication projects on a wide variety of topics, including Pan-European cultural circulations, the material histories of Asia and Africa, urban and architectural histories of the Caribbean and Latin America, North American histories, histories of architecture in the Global North, and transnational histories of empire, sexuality, gender, and political history.

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Addressing Healthcare Inequalities Head-on

Pioneering work by an internationally-recognised specialist in community-centred health is delivering a fascinating insight into the intricacies of the three-way interaction between a child, the adults they depend on, and healthcare professionals.

Lincoln Parliamentary Research Centre (ParliLinc)

This group brings together work on parliaments and legislatures at the University with the aim of developing the University of Lincoln as a recognised centre of excellence for research and teaching in parliamentary studies.

The group's aim is to enhance research, facilitate impact, and promote engagement with parliaments and legislatures in the UK and beyond. The group reflects a wide range of experience and expertise in parliamentary studies and associated fields, together with a variety of methodological approaches.

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UK Houses of Parliament

Children in Rwanda

Mobile Arts for Peace

Researchers from the University of Lincoln are working with young people to use the arts as a way to share their experiences and communicate their own ideas for peacebuilding and conflict prevention within their own communities.

Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU)

CaHRU’s mission is to increase people’s health and wellbeing by improving the quality, performance, and systems of care across the health, social, and third sector care services through our world-leading interdisciplinary research with service users and health service professionals and organisations.

We work closely with our Healthier Ageing Patient and Public Involvement (HAPPI) group which provides invaluable patient input into the development of new studies and supports existing studies.

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When the Camera Often Lies

Passport style photographs are not a reliable way to validate a child’s identity at border control or in child protection cases, according to a new study into the facial identification of infants.

Child Friendly Research Network

The interdisciplinary Child Friendly Research Network provides academics from across the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to come together to develop work around children, young people, and families.

The network explores interdisciplinary solutions to the problems affecting children and young people, and aims to establish mechanisms for young people’s participation within research which help to shape research agendas that matter to them.


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Autism Research Innovation Centre

The Autism Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) is focused on strengthening the wider autism community through participatory action research. ARIC’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge to produce evidence-based innovative professional approaches and services for enriching the lives of autistic people and those who support them throughout their lifespan.

We work to develop, evaluate, and cultivate evidence-based initiatives and protocols to strengthen the connection between autistic people and those supporting them.

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