Research & Innovation — Research and Innovation

What we do

Photo credit MHA, the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK.

Our research focuses on real-world issues that make a positive difference in the world. Through our Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research we’re furthering understanding of how music therapy can change health and well-being for the better; our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region works to improve police practice and public safety; and StoryLab researches immersive storytelling that promotes diverse voices and perspectives.

Our researchers work not only with the local community but internationally too, helping to transform people’s lives. The research project New Routes, Old Roots works with schools and community groups in Norwich and Norfolk to explore issues of migration; our project on mixed race children born during and after World War Two has helped reunite family members; and our Frontline project records stories of key workers as they experience and support the recovery from Covid-19.

We’ve also been investigating the experiences of 15-24 year olds during lockdown, and how they dealt with boredom. We also work closely with businesses and charities, and our Centre for Children’s Book Studies has a significant impact on children’s publishing. Our Knowledge Exchange Partnership with the Antarctic Heritage Trust is helping bring to life British Antarctic Heritage and our REACTOR partnership worked with SMEs to help them gamify their ideas and bring them to market.

Through our undergraduate researcher and social innovation schemes, undergraduate students can take part in faculty research and innovation projects. The research we do allows us to develop innovative and forward-thinking modules as well. Our research lectures and other events are open to everyone, including the general public.

To find out more about our research and innovation contact Dr Matthew Day, Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation. To find out more about being a research student contact the ARU Doctoral School or email us on