Our research is characterised by three core components:

  • Innovative and powerful projects that range widely by period, geographical region, and theme
  • Creative partnerships with organisations and people beyond academia
  • Productive collaborations with our students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels

The School also welcomes postdoctoral fellowship applications - please see the postgraduate section for more information.

We have developed research groups to support collaboration both within and beyond the School. These include:

Medieval Studies

In Medieval Studies we assess the nature of the historiography of the medieval period and its manipulation in the modern world; international religious organisation and local pieties; the crusades and identities.  We run one of the world's largest International Medieval Conferences.
We are grateful to our funders: the AHRC; the Wellcome Trust; the Leverhulme Trust; the British Academy; the Economic and Social Research Council and the Economic History Society.

Health, Medicine and Society

In Health, Medicine and Society we examine the social and cultural history of health and medicine, focusing particularly on the demographic history of East Africa; psychiatric interventions in white Kenya; death and urban decay in the early modern Venice; religion and medicine in medieval Portugal; medical care and masculinity in the First World War; men and family life in twentieth-century Britain; and welfare and citizenship in modern India.

Identity, Power and Protest

In Identity, Power and Protest we explore colonial and post-colonial citizenship in India and Pakistan; incarceration cultures in north America; patterns of activism and protest in modern America; slavery in the British Raj in India and Britain's experience of empire.

Enterprise and Cultures of Consumption

In Enterprise and Cultures of Consumption, we analyse the history of business firms; labour movements; the fashion industry, from fibre production to high street retailing; and food production, distribution, and consumption.  Some of our research projects engage with resources at the Marks & Spencer Company Archive, which opened in the new Michael Marks Building on the University of Leeds campus in 2012: and with regional heritage organisations, such as the Leeds Museums and Galleries.

War and Peace

In War and Peace we have people working on European defence policy; military intelligence; experiences of population transfer; soldiers and soldiering in the Napoleonic Wars; commonalities and differences in surrender; transnational military mobilization; and atrocities in Europe.

Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN)

African studies in Yorkshire has a proud tradition and a vibrant present. Africanists in Yorkshire's universities are carrying out an exciting range of world-class research in a wide range of disciplines. However, there is currently little coordination between these activities and no place to share ideas and activities and develop research agendas. The Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) aims to address this gap.

The Network will provide a base for the exchange of ideas and experiences, the organisation of seminars and conferences, and potentially provide the basis of funding bids.

YASN has been established in mid-2010 by a small group of Yorkshire-based Africanists, mainly political scientists, historians and developmentalists. The Network is a work in progress and makes no claim to represent all Africanists in Yorkshire. We would encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved in YASN and its activities to contact us and come along to the programme of the up and coming events we have planned. Although based in Yorkshire, the Network is open to all Africanists interested in attending and participating in its activities.