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About us

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) addresses the challenges of 21st century civic society and culture through support for collaborative and socially engaged research with non-academic partners. Within our new state-of-the-art REACH Space the AHRI provides an experimental and creative home for people to co-research socially-engaged research projects drawing on the insights of the arts, culture and humanities.

The AHRI is a vibrant exchange for students, post-doctoral researchers, visiting academics, artists and activists, civic visitors and civic co-researchers.  We are a hub for specialist reading groups and seminars, as well as a platform for public seminars, conferences and community engagement activities. We create connections between academics not only from across the Arts & Humanities but also across the College through the Early Careers Network and the Feminist Network, with joint activities with the Science Gallery, the Policy Institute and Culture@King’s. We support 13 world leading interdisciplinary specialist research centres. We spark emergent research themes through supporting collaborative enquiries that bring academics from Arts and Humanities together with wider communities. Each year we have a specialist Associate Director who leads a cross-university theme: in 2019-20 the theme is Engaging Memory.

Annually we run over 100 research-related activities with small scale civic and cultural organisations, as well as larger cultural organisations including the BBC, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the British Library, the Museum of London, Royal Literary Fund, and the Imperial War Museum. We actively support the College's wider Service and London programmes and have links with socially engaged research centres around the world.

Whether you are working in Arts & Humanities at King’s, elsewhere at King’s College or work within a cultural or civic organisation, we help the curious to build new connections to solve difficult challenges.

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The Arts & Humanities Research Institute provides, through the REACH Space and other initiatives, a hub for our varied, socially engaged and interdisciplinary research.

Dean of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Professor Marion Thain.

AHRI Annual Report 2018-2019 (pdf)

Our vision

Our vision is that by the end of 2029, the AHRI will be the leading interdisciplinary and socially engaged research institute for the Arts, Culture & Humanities in the UK and beyond.

Key offerings from the AHRI

Sustainability Pledge

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute is committed to sustainability at King’s College London and we are playing our part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The AHRI achieved the Bronze Sustainability Award in May 2020.

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