Research Centres and Units
As well as our Research groups, the Department hosts a number of Units and Centres which work on a cross-group basis:
The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure is an interdisciplinary research group based in the Department of Geography and the Faculty of History. It was founded in 1964 by Tony Wrigley and the late Peter Laslett. The Group is best known for its pioneering work on English demographic history and on the history of family and household structures. Today's Group members have wide-ranging research interests in demographic, family/household, economic and social history. The Group has a specialist research library and holds a number of important electronic datasets.
The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is a wholly multidiscipinary centre which provides a research MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies and a PhD programme. The Centre is also a locus for international gender research and hosts the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship as well as other visiting scholar schemes. We also run a highly successful series of academic events, including a multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar, Symposia and a number of Public Lectures - together these events make up our Public Event Series, which is kindly supported by Cambridge University Press.
The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. We have several research groups investigating a range of issues in both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the Arctic and Antarctica.