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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Strategic focus areas

In order to achieve a sustainable strategy for interdisciplinary research, the University is enhancing the activities of the University Strategic Research Groups by backing a small group of interdisciplinary research leaders to develop four major distinctive research activities.

The University's targeting and facilitation of the activities of this group from within the USRG community provides a flexible structure that is agile, can respond quickly to major funding opportunities that have short call times and exploits world-class disciplinary strengths across the University. 

The criteria that characterise the interdisciplinary areas in which the University focuses its support are:

Integrated Multi-Scale Models for Policy Development

Led by Jane Falkingham and Seth Bullock, this area provides an integration of existing modelling approaches that underpin the development of social policy (e.g. in health delivery) and the development of new approaches based on complexity.

This Social Systems theme draws upon the research of the following:

  • Complexity in Real-World Contexts
  • Sustainability Science at Southampton
  • Ageing and Lifelong Health
  • Work Futures

Integrated Decision Support Systems

Led by Nick Jennings, this area develops 'humans-in-the-loop' integrated technologies designed to enable humans in critical decision-making positions to make the 'best' decisions in compex, time-pressured contexts by optimising how and when data/information from multiple sources and of variable reliability are processed and presented.

This Social Systems/Engineered Systems combined theme draws upon the research of the followings:

  • Complexity in Real-World Contexts
  • Sustainability Science at Southampton 
  • Energy
  • Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

The Sensored Environment

Led by Hywel Morgan and Robert Allen, this area revolves around the integration of microfabrication and communication technologies to produce devices that provide the data densities that are needed to test the predictions of complex dynamic models of natural systems (e.g. weather patterns or movement in stroke patients).

This Natural Systems/Engineered Systems combined theme draws upon the research of the following:

  • Complexity in Real-World Contexts
  • Sustainability Science at Southampton
  • Energy
  • Health Technologies
  • Institute for Life Sciences
  • Ageing and Lifelong Health

Strategies for Regional Resource Management

Led by Guy Poppy, this area develops scenarios, for use of resources at a regional level (centred around Southampton), that integrate socio-economic trends with environmental changes with a 20 year horizon.

This Natural Systems/Social Systems combined theme draws upon the research of the following:

  • Complexity in Real-World Contexts
  • Sustainability Science at Southampton 
  • Energy
  • Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
  • Institute for Life Sciences
  • Work Futures
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