One of the UK's top centres for research and international excellence
The School of Law at the University of Reading is an inclusive, dynamic, and thriving research environment where individual researchers are stimulated to undertake significant and high-quality work, and which has been recognised as one of the UK's top-ranked law schools for research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 10th in the UK for research intensity; that is, for the amount of world-leading and internationally excellent research we conduct across the whole of our School. In addition, we are ranked 25th out of 67 law schools for research power, with 100% of our work being adjudged to be of international or world-leading quality.
We take a pluralistic approach to legal research, with members of the School actively engaged in individual and collaborative research which spans a wide range of methodologies and research traditions. Across all of these areas, our research challenges preconceptions and established ideas about the law, subjects the content and process of legal decision-making to stringent analysis, and provides value to external users and impacts upon the wider world. Our research showcase provides an insight into some of the work currently being done within the School.
Most importantly, this is a vibrant place to work and study, where our researchers are continuously engaged in exciting and innovative research projects (many of which are externally funded), producing high-quality publications, generating impact beyond academia, participating in regular research seminars and events, and supervising postgraduate research students. In addition, the School actively encourages interdisciplinary research collaboration with other Departments and Schools across the University.
Our research themes
Our research is organised into four main themes and areas, each of which reflects the longstanding strengths and interests of members of the School. Many researchers have homes in more than one theme, but they provide a framework for collaborations, for the organisation of events, and for the support of critical engagement:
- Global Law at Reading: The home of public international law, EU law and human rights law at Reading
- Justice, Rights and Legal Theory: How does the law define and balance the interests of different individuals and groups?
- Family, Gender & Sexuality:
- Public Policy: In what ways can the law change and improve the ways that social institutions work?
- Legal History: How does the past shape the laws that govern us in the present?
- Property, Transactions & Markets: Our research incorporates all transactions regardless of the identity of the parties or the nature or type of the transaction as well as markets that are subject to regulation.
Postgraduate research and studentships
Postgraduate researchers are important and integral participants in the School research community. Please see our postgraduate research pages for further information on PhD opportunities and funding.