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Research

Psychology is one of the leading research departments in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) we were ranked 6th out of 82 Psychology departments for our world-leading and internationally excellent research.

During the 2014-2020 period, we supported the research potential of our colleagues with the values of inclusivity, equality, transparency and shared endeavour in mind. We succeeded in consolidating our research excellence in existing areas of strength such as cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, but also invested in the development of new areas such as social neuroscience. In parallel, we led or played a key role in large cross- and inter-disciplinary projects to expand our research capabilities (e.g. STORYFUTURESBIAS).

As part of the newly-founded School of Life Sciences and Environment (LSE) and looking ahead to the future, our Department will continue to strengthen our world-leading research in our areas of expertise, but we will also be making strategic investments in people and infrastructure in three key areas:

  1. In a new Neuroimaging Unit for Decision-Making & Choice that will allow us to address timely societal and policy questions, collaborate with colleagues, and fund projects across disciplines, both within our School and beyond.
  2. In cross-departmental collaborations within the LSE to address pressing societal issues. For example, in collaboration  with Geography and Earth Sciences we will concentrate on an integrated understanding of the impact that climate change has on people as well as on how attitudes and behaviours can change addressing therefore the cross-councils' (ESRC, NERC) strategic aims on environment.
  3. In multi-disciplinary research across RHUL schools and beyond. Thanks to our research excellence and the unique diversity of psychological disciplines, we are uniquely positioned to lead on the development and successful delivery of major research projects that cut across life science, social sciences and humanities and focus on key societal challenges, such as the transformative role of technology from social interactions and human-machine interactions to work and politics. As an example, our members of staff were able to respond fast during the COVID-19 pandemic and develop new research projects tackling the challenge of understanding better the behavioural science around COVID-19 as you can see in these examples

When you study here or collaborate with us as a researcher, you can look forward to exceptional research facilities, a supportive environment and the opportunity to work at the frontiers of psychological knowledge.

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