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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 community and 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 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 festival 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 have around 30 research 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 are partners with Citizens UK 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 has provided, 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

The REACH Space, a creative and experimental hub

Professional development opportunities for researchers

Specialist engagement and events support

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.

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