Research Groups/Centres

The University of Lincoln Research Groups, Centres and institutes bring together academics with like minded interests around a specific field or issue. Research groups/centres are both cross disciplinary and aligned to one of our key disciplinary areas (Law, Psychology, Health, Social Care, Politics, Criminology, Sport Exercise Science and Education). You can find out more about the different research groups, centres, and institutes by clicking below.

Rural health is the interdisciplinary study of health and health care delivery in rural environments. This topic presents a prescient global challenge in today’s society as populations living in rural areas have to navigate multiple vulnerabilities associated with the complex needs of ageing populations, lack of proper access to healthcare facilities, the emergence of infectious diseases and climate change.

With these challenges in mind, the University of Lincoln has established the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH). The institute will conduct world-class research focusing on the greatest health issues facing rural communities both locally and globally. Therefore, LIIRH plans to be central to new efforts to better understand the health issues pertinent to Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK, while simultaneously addressing similar health concerns internationally.

The Autism Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) is focused on strengthening the wider autism community through participatory action research. The group's mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge to produce evidence-based innovative professional approaches and services for enriching the lives of autistic people and those who support them throughout their lifespan.

CaHRU’s mission is to enhance people’s health and well-being and reduce inequalities, addressing these two UN Sustainable Development Goals by improving the quality, performance and systems of care across the health, social and third sector care services through our world-leading interdisciplinary research with service users and health service professionals and organisations. We work closely with our Healthier Ageing Patient and Public Involvement (HAPPI) group which provides invaluable PPI for the development of new studies and supports existing studies.


A dedicated sleep research centre with staff and students from the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University. We have close collaborations with researchers at a range of other institutions across the world.

We have advanced facilities for sleep research, most notably a dedicated sleep lab.  These enable us to conduct studies with full polysomnography, actigraphy, home sleep monitoring, and computerised behavioural testing.

Our research covers a range of sleep-related topics, centred on three broad areas:-

  • Sleep and Well-Being
  • Neuroscience of Sleep
  • Sleep in the Community

The University of Lincoln has a record of undertaking research into policy, parliaments and other key political institutions. It also seeks to build upon this to ensure that research informs teaching and the wider experiences of students at all levels.

The Lincoln Parliamentary Research Centre (ParliLinc) brings together work on parliaments and legislatures at the University. The Centre is based in the School of Social and Political Sciences, in the College of Social Science, although membership is open across the University. ParliLinc’s aim is to enhance research, facilitate impact and promote engagement with parliaments and legislatures in the UK and beyond. The Centre reflects a wide range of experience and expertise in parliamentary studies and associated fields, together with a variety of methodological approaches. It seeks to further develop the University of Lincoln as a recognised centre of excellence for research and teaching in parliamentary studies.

The Biofeedback In Sport Research Group aims to apply and understand biofeedback in order to enhance the sporting performance of humans.

Ever-increasing capabilities in sports technology allows the study of human movement, or biomechanics, to investigate how humans and other living organisms are able to achieve and improve their movement. 

There are many approaches to understanding biomechanics, but a particular specialism of our group is to use biofeedback. This involves measuring the movement of humans in real-time and the movement data generated can be instantaneously fedback to the performer. The data generated can be simple and complex so we investigate the most suitable and effective way to utilise this information so that the biofeedback can be properly understood in order to improve technique.

Our socio-legal and interdisciplinary group is led by academics with a passion for researching conflict and disaster situations. This research group facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and research within social sciences, life sciences, and the arts across the University of Lincoln and externally.

The group's mission is to provide research which enhances the mobility and restoration of people, communities, and international organisations in the wake of conflicts and disasters.

The Developmental and Social Behaviour Research Group (DaSB) comprises an interdisciplinary team of developmental, social, and evolutionary psychologists who examine the development of motor, behavioural, and cognitive processes, and the social psychological processes affecting interpersonal, intergroup, and interspecies attitudes, cognition, emotion, and behaviour.

Areas of expertise include child safety, language development, decision-making, attention and memory, human-animal interaction, perspective-taking, handedness, identity, emerging adulthood, parenting, citizenship, justice and morality, wellbeing, dehumanization, emotion, prejudice, prosocial behaviour, warfare and neurodevelopmental disorders such attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.

We focus on a range of species, including humans (from pregnancy and newborn babies to older adults), dogs, non-human primates and fish. The School of Psychology's modern facilities and equipment provides the perfect setting for research including the Lincoln infant and child development lab, motor lab, and field sites for primate research. Our methods include intermodal preferential looking, eye-tracking, adult EEG, motion analysis, safety education training, elicitation methods, interviews, and response time measures.

Group research is funded by a variety of prestigious funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, European Commission, US National Institute of Health, Templeton Religion Trust, and Arts Council England.

A Passion For Research

Based in the School of Psychology, the Forensic and Clinical Psychology Research Group (FCRG) is concerned with aspects of psychological functioning related to clinical and forensic problems. Every individual experiences a complex array of events, environments, and circumstances within their lifetime that influence their psychological development and behaviour. Our research focus is on the development and application of psychological theories and technologies that seek to explain, measure, and influence these processes.

Why Our Research Is Different

The vast majority of the problems we face are rooted in psychological and behavioural components. Population issues such as increasing obesity rates, loneliness in older age, through to clinical and forensic issues such as depression, pain, disordered gambling, and forensic behaviours are all underpinned by complex psychological processes.

A more comprehensive understanding of these processes is therefore of paramount importance if we want to help people live richer and healthier lives. As applied psychologists, we are particularly interested in understanding and influencing psychological events and behaviour. We partner with and support many social institutions such as care and treatment services, prisons, charities, and social policy bodies in an attempt to actively address pressing issues within society. The emphasis of our group is to directly apply knowledge and understanding from our own research and existing literature, in order to facilitate practical intervention.

Exploring Embodiment and Identity The Health Advancement Research Team (HART) explores interdisciplinary research into a range of embodiment and identity issues in health, sport, and physical activity social contexts. We conduct fundamental and applied multi-disciplinary research that aims to develop understanding of identity and embodiment in a range of health, education, and body-related domains including informing policy and practice in healthcare, nutrition, education, and physical cultural settings. Our focus is understanding the ways in which individuals and social groups experience and give meaning to embodied experiences, such as physical activity, health, and illness conditions is central to developing effective policy and practice to take into account people’s everyday lives.

The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) is a research group for the School of Health and Social Care, situated in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln and allied with the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH)The centre is directed by Professor Mo Ray.

What are we doing?

We are interested in research which focuses on ageing and the life course.  Areas of interest include:  experiences of ageing;  ‘healthy ageing’; preventative and early intervention strategies on older adult’s quality of life through improved community and statutory provisions, including integration.

Why is it important?

Population ageing and increased life expectancy creates opportunities and challenges.  Research can contribute to developing strategies which maximise the benefits of an ageing society as well as considering strategies to address the challenges.

How are we different?

We encourage interdisciplinary research with academics from all schools within the College of Social Sciences, School of Sport and Exercise Science, Social Policy, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Business and Education. Additionally we work with other partners from the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

The Mental Health, Health and Social Care (MH2aSC) sits within the College of Social Science and the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln.  MH2aSC encompasses research across the range of Mental Health; Public Health and Social Care with a strong interest in developing research capacity and capability through the development of Clinical Academic Careers for health professionals. 

Historically, MH2aSC evolved from the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI) and subsequently the Mental Health Research, Education and Development group (MHRED).   The original group was set up by Professors Tony Butterworth and Ian Baguley and Dr Christine Jackson in 2005, and is now led by Dr Ros Kane and Ian McGonagle.   MH2aSC has evolved to encompass a broader range of research activity that involves social care and adult health, particularly ‘Cancer Survivorship’ through a partnership with Macmillan and increasingly research in Public Health and Social Care with funding from the NIHR Clinical Research Network and Lincolnshire County Council. We also work internationally, particularly with colleagues in Thailand where Dr Ros Kane holds a visiting Professorial position and throughout Europe, in partnership with our colleagues in the UDINE-C network (

Life-changing Research

The Perception, Action, and Cognition Group (PAC) undertakes research in a broad range of issues including visual motion processes, emotion, memory, and the visual processing in dyslexic, autistic, and neurological populations.

Why Our Research Is Different

Psychologists in this group investigate the way that humans perceive, make sense of, and respond to our natural and social surroundings. Research topics include vision, attention, memory, emotion, reasoning, sleep, language, and motor control in both healthy and neurological populations. The group is well-equipped for a wide variety of studies including traditional psychophysics, neuropsychological testing, mobile and laboratory based eye-tracking (Tobii, Eyelink, VSG), EEG, TMS (Medtronic MagPro), functional transcranial Doppler sonography, physiological recording (BioPac), and transcranical direct current stimulation.

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges faced by modern science. Our reserach aims to gain a profound understanding into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease, and build revolutionary new computing technologies. 

Our group has strong collaborative links with internal and external researchers including Lincoln's School of Life Sciences, School of Computer Science, and the Lincoln Institute of Health. Group members have secured external funding from the British Academy, EPSRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society, Home

The interdisciplinary Child Friendly Research Network provides academics from across the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to come together to develop work around children, young people, and families. The network explores interdisciplinary solutions to the problems affecting children and young people, and aims to establish mechanisms for young people’s participation within research which help to shape research agendas that matter to them.

The University of Lincoln delivers research that has a positive impact on communities at a local national and global level: informing policy, influencing decisions, and potentially changing lives. Our researchers work closely with government, parliamentarians and civil society, placing evidence and academic rigour at the heart of policymaking.

The Lincoln Policy Hub was launched in May 2021 to bring together the latest insights, evidence and commentary from our researchers, in a one-stop-shop for both academics and policymakers. By connecting politicians, decision makers, and practitioners with our research, we can help deliver evidence-based policy that meets the challenges facing society today.


The Lincoln Policy Hub