Research Themes: Arts, Humanities and Business

Language, Culture, Community: Multi-language technology and policy; Welsh and Celtic culture; Media, culture and creative practice; Community and justice; Governance, economy and politics.

Our Research Themes

Bangor has a proud tradition of world-leading research with international links on the history, culture, literature, language, music and politics of Wales. We house some of Wales’ leading research centres, which are directed by prominent Welsh historians, experts in Welsh law, Welsh culture, music, literature and poetry. Our research centres and institutes include:

- Research Centre Wales
- R.S. Thomas Centre
- Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates.

Our researchers explore and practice aspects of culture and arts and gather understanding of the components of civil society which strengthen community resilience to cope with contemporary changes and challenges. Based on significant archival and contemporary resources combined with artistic activity, we actively contribute to community culture and the arts to provide a place for the study of civil society in action. Our research centres include:

- Centre for Contemporary Poetry
- Centre for Arthurian Studies
- Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book
- Centre for Film, Television, and Screen Studies.

Communities across the world are connected by a complex web of governance, financial, and economic links, human migration, and question around the scope and nature of institutions and principles of justice. Our economists, lawyers, social scientists and historians explore these complex links and how they are affected by questions of power, politics, and global challenges. Our research institutes include:

- Institute for European Finance
- Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD)
- Centre for Sustainability.

Bangor University is the focal point for studies of the Welsh language which has provided an opportunity to build a particular strength in the study of Multilingualism and Bilingualism, encompassing research excellence in language policy and planning, first and second language acquisition, community and civil society use of language and its implications for identity, as well as the role of technology in language development. Additionally, research in this theme raises broader questions about the relationship of language and communication as a form of power, through corporate communications, ethics, journalism, organised persuasive communications and the media. In this theme, we are working closely with colleagues across the University and in particular Colleagues in Canolfan Bedwyr and the Language Technology Unit. Our research centres and networks include:

- Centre for Research on Bilingualism
- Centre for Galician Studies in Wales
- Media and Persuasive Communication Network
- Technology and Language Research Network.

True Experts in their field

Translating our research on arts and culture into creative activities

Bangor is home to the state-of-the art Pontio Arts and Innovation centre helping to translate our research on arts and culture into creative activities which is then brought directly to our local communities. Our creative contributions come from a number of schools in the College – School of Music and Media, School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics - include Composing the experience of dementia – a collaboration with colleagues in Health Sciences; Vertical Dance performances; award-winning poetry and novels; films and events – for example, the only one of its kind in the UK to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Colleagues have won many accolades in their respective fields.

Expertise which is recognised nationally and internationally

Researchers in the Bangor Business School play an active role in the regulation and governance of financial and economic institutions nationally and internationally, providing insights on important and topical themes through advanced modelling of credit and uncertainty; and financial regulation, competition, and corporate governance in banking. The Bangor Law School makes a substantive contribution to the development of legislative and policy processes of Wales and its developing institutions of justice through research on fundamental questions of justice and policies in place to protect the vulnerable. The Law School’s expertise in questions of procurement is recognised nationally and internationally.

Wales' finest creative writers

The School of Welsh and Celtic Studies has an outstanding tradition of being home to some of Wales’ finest creative writers. Amongst current members of staff. Davies and Williams have each won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod, and Hunter and Price have won the major prose prize for recent novels. Lynch, also, is a nationally prominent poet and critic, especially of strict-metre poetry.

Developing a unique journalistic resource

A practicing journalist, Ifan Morgan Jones, School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media has developed a unique journalistic resource for Wales,, to help fill the democratic gap in Welsh media coverage. It has become the go-to resource for Welsh politics, featuring contributions from Welsh politicians.

Case Studies and Projects

Associated Industry Partners

Researchers in the College act as consultants, advisers, experts, and council members, and work with a range of Industry, Government, and public service partners, as well as non-governmental organisations across a range of research projects. These include:

  • Welsh Government
  • Law Society
  • North Wales Police
  • SMEs in North Wales
  • Siemens
  • European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, Welsh Revenue Authority, British Accounting and Finance Association
  • Local charities and social enterprises (e.g. Menter Fachwen)
  • Cultural organisations: BBC, S4C, International Feature Films, Wales International Documentary Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Llangollen International Festival. BAFTA,BFI.