Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)


The IHSS brings together some of the world’s finest scholars from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London to share ideas, develop new lines of research, and explore innovative approaches to scholarly problems and public concerns alike.

The aim of the Institute is to co-ordinate inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary dialogue within and beyond the Faculty: providing both funding for research and an intellectual space for bringing new thinking to light. In addition to holding its own programme of events and collaborations, the Institute acts as a conduit between the sixteen Research Centres supported by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

From 2019-20 onwards, the Institute is proud to welcome 16 new Strategic Lecturers across the Faculty’s 8 schools of Business and Management, English and Drama, Economics and Finance, Geography, History, Law, Politics and International Relations, Languages, Linguistics and Film. They join more than 30 existing post-doctoral research fellows, Early Career Fellows and Marie Curie fellowship holders already here in the Faculty. Each year the Institute further hosts a number of visiting junior and senior (distinguished) fellows whose research interests align with those of the faculty. 

Core Staff

Dr Simon Reid-Henry, Director

Aurelija Povilaike, Faculty Research Manager

June Ryde, Faculty Administrative Officer