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World-leading research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at the University of Plymouth encompasses the creative arts and practice as research (Creative Writing, Theatre and Performance, Music, Fine Art and Media Arts, Digital Design and Technology), architecture and built environment, critical humanities (English, History and Art History), education and social sciences, business and management, and law and criminology.

The faculty submitted nine Units of Assessment to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework exercise and collectively produces a wealth of internationally outstanding research and impact across all its four main schools. These include: the School of Art, Design and Architecture; the Institute of Education; Plymouth Business School; and the School of Society and Culture.

The faculty is a melting pot for interdisciplinary, collaborative and impactful research, with strengths in smart cities, environmental building, coastal communities, heritage and place-making, digital and immersive technologies, arts-health research, environmental cultures, lifelong education and global displacement.

We actively collaborate with the university’s three Strategic Research Institutes in the areas of marine, sustainable earth, and health and well-being. Our researchers are creative, innovative and intellectually amphibious in their engagement in large scale multi-disciplinary projects that address global research challenges.
Professor James Daybell, Associate Dean (Research), introduces the research, impact, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities that take place within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business .

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Our research activities

Report reveals growing crisis for renters in Devon and Cornwall

A major new report by the University of Plymouth and local Citizens Advice services has shone a spotlight on the damaging effects of the government’s three-year freeze on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for local private sector renters.
The report is the result of a collaboration between local Citizens Advice charities in the South Hams, Plymouth and Cornwall and the Plymouth Business School. It was funded following a successful bid to the University’s Get Involved Awards 2023 programme.
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Working with our interdisciplinary research institutes

We work collaboratively with colleagues across the University, our diverse research spanning all three of our Strategic Research Institutes

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Arts - health collaborative research
Interdisciplinary research between researchers in health, care, arts, humanities and business

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Creative Associates
The Sustainable Earth Institute's Creative Associates projects explore novel, innovative and creative ways of communicating research

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Marine Culture
Arts and humanities research around the marine environment