Research Groups and Centres
Research Groups and Centres are a central part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Business, providing a framework for promoting and facilitating research, collaboration and postgraduate teaching initiatives.
Here you will find information below about research centres and groups which are based within the College of Arts, Humanities and Business, or have links with the College.
Collaborative Research Institutes and Centres
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)
Director: Prof. Raluca Radulescu
The Institute builds on excellence in Arts and Humanities research at Aberystwyth and Bangor and will take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the medieval and early modern periods. Please visit the website.
Centre for Contemporary Poetry (ContemPo)
Co-ordinator: Prof. Zoë Skoulding
The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as ‘ContemPo’) is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006, and run by the English departments of Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, the University of Brighton and the University of Surrey.
University-wide Research Institutes and Centres
Centre for Research on Bilingualism
Director: Dr Marie-Josèphe Tainturier (School of Psychology)
This Centre is located entirely within Bangor University and operate across a number of Schools and Colleges. Research in the field of bilingualism draws on several disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, education, sociology, economics, and political science.
Research Centres based in the College
Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies
This newly founded Centre brings together scholars from disciplines across Bangor University who teach and research various aspects of film, television and screen studies, to share methodological ideas and work on collaborative research projects. Responding to the changing nature of these disciplines - whereby important work is increasingly conducted outside traditional Film Studies departments - our purpose is to facilitate this collaboration, coordinate teaching, develop postgraduate provision, provide a platform from which to secure funding, and, increase the visibility and reach of our research. Visit the website...
Centre for Galician Studies in Wales
Director: Prof Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
A forum for research on contemporary Galicia. Issues pertaining to bilingualism and cultural identity and their relevance to both Galician and Welsh culture are of particular interest.
R.S. Thomas Study Centre
The Centre was officially opened by R.S. Thomas in April 2000. Its archive contains all of R.S. Thomas’s published works, together with a comprehensive collection of reviews, critical books and articles, interviews and audio-visual material. This material is available to visiting scholars.
Centre for Arthurian Studies
Director: Prof. Raluca Radulescu
This newly founded centre highlights the wealth of expertise and long-standing tradition in researching and teaching the Arthurian legend at Bangor since the inception of the university in 1884. The Centre brings together Bangor's Arthurian collection as well as the former Flintshire Harries Arthurian collection, which arrived at Bangor in 2014/2015. It is a hub for exchange and collaboration across several departments in the university, and with external partners.
Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book
The Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book is an interdisciplinary centre for the advanced study of the past, present and future of the book as material artefact, and of the cultures that surround it. Working in collaboration with colleagues at Bangor and beyond, the Centre’s purpose is twofold: to enhance and broaden our understanding of the book’s place within cultural, social and economic practices, and to develop our understanding of the material book as cultural commodity, conveyer of knowledge, and object of desire. Visit the website...
Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE)
The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) is dedicated to promoting research into the history, impact and functioning of estates on a Wales-wide basis. ISWE seeks to advance outstanding research into the subject and ensure that the knowledge we generate regarding Wales’ past is accessible and contributes constructively to its future.
The Institute for European Finance
The Institute for European Finance provides specialist consultancy and project reports to banks, financial services firms, trade associations, governments, international organisations and public sector organisations. It has wide experience of analysing the external economic and business environment that affects strategic planning, international competitiveness and public policy within the banking and financial sector.
Research Groups based in the College
Creative Practice Research Group
Convenor: Prof. Zoë Skoulding
Digital Economies Cluster
Bangor University's Digital Economies Cluster is an initiative of the College of Arts, Humanities and Business in collaboration with the School of Computer Science to foster research expertise and networking within and beyond the College and University in the area of Digital Economies. Visit the website...
Network for the Study of Media and Persuasive Communication
Convener: Prof. Andy McStay
The rationale of this network is to harness interdisciplinary expertise within the University to research and explore media, persuasion and communication. Visit the website...
- Electroacoustic Wales
Studio Director: Prof. Andrew Lewis.
Sacred Music Studies (ICSMuS)
Director: Professor John Harper
This aim of this research group is to stimulate, support, disseminate and engage in research and study in the interdisciplinary field of sacred music.
- The Archive of Traditional Welsh Music
Director: Wyn Thomas
A repository of recorded musical and verbal forms which are perpetuated in the oral tradition rather than through writing or printing. Primarily a research, teaching and training centre, the Archive endeavours to serve educational institutions and the general public.
Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies (CAWMS)
Cotact: Stephen Rees
CAWMS coordinates and develops Welsh musical scholarship by promoting conferences and publications, providing written resources in the medium of Welsh, and collaborating with scholars in other Celtic countries.
International Research Group on Contested Languages
Chair and principal contact : Dr Marco Tamburelli
Research Clusters based in the College include
Consumers and Communications Research Cluster
Based in bangor Business School, the researchers in the consumers and communications cluster are broadly focused on understanding consumers in various contexts and cultures, investigating the impact of business and governmental strategies mainly in the communications area. Further information...
Corporate Communication Research Cluster
Members of the Corporate Communication research cluster explore the different means (i.e. communication via text and financial statements) and aspects of corporate communication with audiences using a wide range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Further information...
Credit and Uncertainy Research Cluster
This research cluster focuses on economic modelling of credit and uncertainty. This group incorporates staff across the economics, banking and finance areas. The group intends to build on existing research in the Business School and to encourage new synergies and interdisciplinary research. Further information...
Financial Services: Competition, Conduct, and Consumer Protection (CCC) Research Cluster
The management and conduct of financial services providers in the past decade, culminating in the financial crisis of 2008 onward, resulted in an appetite for strengthened regulation in the sector. However, despite the activities of regulatory bodies such as the FCA in the UK, doubts persist over the extent to which financial markets are working in the interests of users, and society in general. The CCC research group draws upon Bangor’s established and respected reputation as a leader in Banking and Finance research to approach several key issues in financial regulation. Further information...
Former Research and Centres and Groups
The following Research Institutes and Centres are no longer operational. However, information on previous activity can be found by contacting us.
Centre for Research in Early Music (CREaM)
The Centre, founded in 2006, co-ordinated the activities of music staff engaged in research on music before 1700 – a concentration of specific excellence unequalled in any other institution in the UK.
Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS)
Director: Prof. Raluca Radulescu
The Centre for Medieval Studies played an important role in fostering collaboration and scholarly exchange in Medieval Studies at Bangor and further afield, and, by extension, promoted teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and encouraged initiatives involving more than one department.
The Centre for East Asian Studies
Founded in 2014, the Centre engaged with scholars from across the university and beyond in the development and enhancement of Bangor’s engagement with the East Asian region. The Centre was highly interdisciplinary and promoted innovative, cross-cultural and dynamic research in the broad field of East Asian Studies. The Director of the Centre, Dr Kate Taylor-Jones, is now a member of staff in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.
The Digital Economies Cluster
Established in 2010, Bangor University's Digital Economies Cluster was an initiative of the College of Arts, Humanities and Business in collaboration with the School of Computer Science to foster research expertise and networking within and beyond the College and University in the area of Digital Economies. Professor Astrid Ensslin, Convenor of the group, is now a Professor of Media and Communications affiliated with the University of Alberta, Canada.