Current projects

2023/24 projects

Exploring 'Offence' as a phenomenon and the challenges for society in attempting to regulate offensive speech and behaviour.(Major Project)

Investigating the colonisation of the classical past by a spectrum of political forces, with a particular focus on neo-Nazi and white-supremacist groups in Europe and the UK.(Major Project)

An interdisciplinary examination of potential and actual sources of injustice within surveillance-cum-recognition and automated decision-making technologies and the DNNs which are their foundation.(Major Project)

An interdisciplinary project examining managers' experiences when working alone.(Small Project)

The project seeks to enable conversations about delivering human-centred techniques and tools to help stakeholders explore the horizons of possibilities and to define an envelope of acceptability for AI-based Software Responsibility focusing on legal aspects. (Research Development Project)

The project seeks to further this work by convening interdisciplinary conversations around university archives & how they may serve a pedagogical function in decolonising different disciplines.(Research Development Project)

The aim of this project is to develop tailored supports, policy recommendations and societal change to enable neurodivergent people to flourish to their full potential.(Research Development Project)

This project provides fresh understandings of how to think of intelligence in twenty-first century international relations.(Research Development Project)

This project grapples with and devises new ways to address if displaced communities, who are physically unable to access their ancestral lands, can renew a sense of ownership over their tangible cultural heritage and assert their agency over its use?(Research Development Project)

Walking as research can allow us to interrogate the past, critique the present, and imagine the future(Research Development Project)

A cross-faculty interdisciplinary forum to develop a research network under the broad theme ‘Pedagogies of Dispossession’, which approaches ‘South Asia’ from a new frame beyond the usual ethno-nationalist understandings


Explore some of the forthcoming projects led by Durham colleagues. Use the slider below.

Justice and Artificial Intelligence

Dr Noura Al-Moubayed – Department of Computer Science

Professor William Lucy – Durham Law School

Abusing Antiquity?

Dr Helen Roche – Department of History

Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou  – Department of Anthropology

Understanding Offence: delimiting the (un)sayable

Professor Helen Fenwick – Durham Law School

Professor Patrick Zuk –  School of Modern Languages and Cultures

In Absence of Others: aloneness and identity at work

Dr Karolina Nieberle – Psychology

Dr Janey Zheng –  Marketing and Management

Future projects

2024/25 projects

This project proposes that this syntactical ability lies at the heart of what it means to be human.

The war in Ukraine is driven by territorial claims, aided by historical justifications that until recently seemed obsolete. This project starts from an assumption that to draw recommendations for managing major crises, supporting post-conflict recovery/reform, we must understand its history.)

This project seeks to understand how humans interact with numbers across contexts, disciplines and time through three core themes.

This project aims to gain new insights into these causes of inequality and poverty and develop effective policy solutions.

Past projects and themes

Past projects


Past themes