Explore our research themes

Research at the University of Hertfordshire is focussed across 6 research themes reflecting our interdisciplinary strengths in some of the key global challenge areas of the 21st century.

Find out more about our research by accessing the research themes listed below:

Food research


Our research applies science and technology, and social and cultural investigation to food consumption and production, forging cross disciplinary collaborations...

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Global Economy research

Global Economy

Our research addresses issues in the Global Economy including, innovation, development, and economic growth, with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable processe...

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Health and Wellbeing research

Health and Wellbeing

Poor health impacts on the quality of life of those directly affected as patients but also on families, health systems and societies. Achieving and maintaining ...

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Heritage, Cultures and Communities research

Heritage, Cultures and Communities

This theme spans a wide range of research that explores our cultural history and heritage and the ways in which contemporary communities create identity and soc...

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Information and Security research

Information and Security

Information is vital to innovation in a rapidly changing world. With the advancement of information and communication technologies, an ever-increasing large vol...

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Space research


Our researchers work in diverse areas of Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics and Mathematics, including both pure and applied research...

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Original, high quality research

Through their research UK universities are contributing more than ever to future economic growth and to positive changes in the way we all live, work and learn. At the University of Hertfordshire we are proud to play a significant role in these developments.

We have long been recognised internationally for original, high quality research, with applied research being a particular strength. Today our research community is committed to finding inspiring and sustainable solutions to fundamental social, economic and environmental problems.

In moving forward this ambitious agenda we engage with other academic institutions, business and industry, public and third sector organisations and not least with user communities. Our research culture which is defined by a strong spirit of enquiry, innovation and enterprise, also feeds into teaching and learning to enrich our students’ experience.

Research Theme champions

Each research theme is led by a theme champion - a member of the research community who provides leadership and works to foster collaboration across our specialist research centres and groups and between the University and external partners.

Our research theme champions are: