About us

As inaugural Directors, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS).

Comprising five diverse Research Centres, the IRCAHS was formally opened by Professor Laurie Taylor in early 2012. Within the Institute our primary aims are to facilitate, support and strengthen research collaboration across social and human sciences, and to build upon the existing research excellence in those areas at the University of Huddersfield.

Informed as we are by the latest developments in key areas of social and health sciences, and in bringing together multi-disciplinary approaches, our work directly addresses many of the major health, social and political problems and issues facing the wider contemporary society.

Thanks for taking the time to visit our webpages; we hope that you find the information useful and interesting.

Professor James McAuley (Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise and Inaugural Director of the Institute) and Professor Nigel King (Director of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research and Inaugural Director of the Institute).



The Institute seeks to develop and nurture staff and students working collaboratively across national, international, cultural, social and political boundaries to generate world-class research that provides a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally. We support member’s participation in national and international events and provide a variety of forums for engaging directly with policy makers, stakeholders and the wider academic community.

Our central research interests are organised around several core themes:

  • Contemporary citizenship
  • Evidence-based policy and practice for promoting health, welfare and crime reduction
  • Social and political identities
  • The development of applied social science theories and methodologies

The IRCAHS framework is underpinned by a vibrant research culture, sustained through an exciting programme of seminars, workshops, conferences and public lectures.

Central to the work of the Institute is the development and sharing of knowledge through building successful partnerships, with the aim of generating wider economic and societal benefit. IRCAHS members currently hold major grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the European Union and the Leverhulme Trust, amongst others.

If you wish to find out any more about our work, please feel free to contact inaugural director Professor James McAuley: j.w.mcauley@hud.ac.uk. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the relevant member of the Institute directly.