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Excellence with impact is an embedded part of the ethos at Reading and we a have strong reputation in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our major research centres and groups include:

Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research

The interdisciplinary Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research brings together the unrivalled breadth and depth of climate expertise at Reading. It aims are to enhance understanding and improve prediction of the risks and opportunities from our changing climate. Research includes Professor Rowan Sutton's work on predicting the climate for the next decade and Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes' studies on drought.

National Centre for Earth Observation

We host the directorate of this NERC-funded research centre working in the use of satellite and ground-based observations to improve the prediction of hazardous weather, climate change, ocean circulation and volcanic eruptions. Research includes Professor Robert Gurney's work with NASA studying soil moisture in Australia and Dr Richard Allan's research looking into the implications for the global water cycle in a warmer climate.

Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research

The Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research brings together scientists from a wide range of research fields to work to understand the development of cardiovascular diseases, and the underlying obesity-related metabolic diseases from which they develop. Research includes that by Professor Jon Gibbins on treatment to prevent thrombosis and Professor Julie Lovegrove's work on personalised nutrition.

Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics

This centre uses interdisciplinary research to investigate the physiological and psychological mechanisms underpinning complex cognitive behaviours, targeting typical and atypical development and decline in individuals. The Centre's work includes researchers in psychology, pharmacy, food and nutritional sciences, mathematics, cybernetics and clinical language sciences. Research includes Dr Carien van Reekum's work investigating how our brains deal with emotions as we age and Professor Doug Saddy's and Dr Kevin Money' s study on the brains of business leaders.

Hugh Sinclair Human Nutrition Group

The Group is part of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences. It has an international reputation for its research into the relationship between diet and the risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Research includes Professor Ian Rowland's work on how diet may alter cancer risk and Professor Jeremy Spencer's study on the role that diet plays in the prevention of human brain ageing.

The Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment

The Charlie Waller Institute is a collaborative initiative between the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the University of Reading and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Institute is committed to training therapists only in psychological therapies that have been shown to work, and also to ensuring that the training impacts positively on clinician skill and patient outcome.

Centre for Food Security

The Centre for Food Security joins together existing areas of research excellence at the University to provide a platform for real-world research around this globally important issue. It collaborates with policymakers, industry and the global research community to help ensure resilient, sustainable and healthy food chains. Research includes Professor Paul Hadley's project to safeguard cocoa supplies and Professor Ian Givens' work investigating the effects of milk on preventing heart disease.

Centre for Information Design Research

The Centre is concerned with the issues that surround the design of complex information so that it meets the needs of the people who will use it. It brings together expertise in graphic design, interaction design and psychology, with input from specialist researchers in technology development, linguistics, economics and law. Research includes Professor Alison Black's study into how the relationship between older people and their family, friends and carers affects the way they access and use information, and Dr Karen Standbridge's work to simplify official documents.

Centre for Economic History

Economic History at Reading is an interdisciplinary grouping of academics which combines the skills and methodological approaches of archaeologists, classicists, economists, financiers, and historians to further our understanding of economic history and development. Its chronological coverage is broad: running from the classical world, through the medieval and early modern periods, right up to the present day. Research includes a study of the use of credit by medieval monarchs by Professors Adrian Bell and Chris Brook and Dr James Walker's analysis of the decline of the British car industry.

Beckett at Reading

Reading hosts the largest collection of Beckett materials in the world. The archives provide a focus for cross-disciplinary work and includes researchers from English; French; Fine Art; Film, Theatre & Television; and Philosophy.

International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

The ICMA Centre is part of Henley Business School and is a leader in financial research in a variety of topics, including quantitative finance, market microstructure, fund management, risk management and regulation. It has three state-of-the-art dealing rooms.

The Institute for Environmental Analytics

The Institute for Environmental Analytics is a unique flagship centre, funded by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund and led by the University of Reading. Harnessing the expertise of academics and commercial organisations, the Institute is developing the technologies and skills required to translate cutting-edge environmental research into commercially relevant solutions. We offer world-leading expertise in the whole value chain of environmental data, from data acquisition, through data management, processing and analytics to the delivery of products and services to end users. The mission of the Institute is carried out through four major work programmes – Strategic Research and Development, Demonstration, Targeted Training and Education, and Translation and Engagement.


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