The School of Advanced Study unites nine internationally-renowned institutes to form the UK's national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities.

Our staff undertake research on a very wide range of topics in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines and in collaboration with researchers from around the world is critical to the School’s function as an innovative space for advanced study and its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship.

Here, you can see some of the case studies of research undertaken by academics at the School and its institutes.

Latest case studies

Shaping the global past and future of knowledge: the LAGLOBAL project

Professor Mark Thurner, who leads the Leverhulme Trust-supported LAGLOBAL international research network based at the Institute of Latin American Studies, talks about the project and its goals.

Pick-up ball: researching amateur football in Jamaica

Dr William Tantam spent more than a year in Jamaica studying how amateur football or ‘pick-up ball’ frames the relationship between younger and older men in one of the country’s rural communities

Cross-cultural afterlife of classical sites

Dr Valeria Vitale and Dr Gabriel Bodard explain the research behind the Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites project, which aimed to extend our knowledge of the cultural complexity of many classical sites

Kane from Canada

George Kane grew up on a farm in the North American plains before coming to UCL in 1938 to write his PhD thesis. A new memoir, written by Jane Roberts with George's daughter Mary Kane looks into his fascinating life, including his years as a German prisoner of war.


Born-digital big data and approaches for arts and humanities research

What kinds of questions will big data allow us to ask and answer? How can we ensure this material is collected and preserved in such a way that it meets the requirement of humanities researchers? 


The king of King's Cross

Dr Philip Carter considers the life of Henry Croft – founder of the Pearly Kings, and a late-Victorian resident of King’s Cross – who features in the development's marketing campaign




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