Welcome to the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research's website, hosted by the Department of Social Sciences. The Centre is an interdisciplinary University Research Centre which is home to international experts conducting research, training and teaching in the field of human rights, social justice and international relations.

Crucible was set up to:

  • Foster the development of a strong research culture that supports interdisciplinary research, publishing, consultancy and enterprise opportunities and collaboration in human rights and social justice.
  • Provide an innovative and vibrant base for human rights and social justice focused activities involving staff, undergraduate and post graduate students, visiting scholars and external partners.

The strategic important of Crucible as a vibrant, effective and sustainable University Research centre arises from its long standing commitment to social justice and human rights and determination to develop a strong, international research profile. Here, on the Crucible site you can learn more about our research, events, publications and members of the centre. Click on one of the tabs below for more information.

Human Rights Courses

Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research supports the Department's postgraduate human rights programmes by providing expertise in research. teaching, and commitment to social justice and human rights. Our postgraduate human rights courses are ideal for those wishing to become practitioners, academics or activist in the field.

Apply to one of our courses


Dr Caroline Oliver of the Department of Social Sciences at Roehampton University has received news she is part of a consortium bid led by Utrecht City Council receiving funding totalling €2.87m from the EU (ERDF) Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme. The UIA is designed to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to solve urban challenges. The funding was awarded to the city as one of 17 successful bids from European cities following a highly competitive process.

Learn more

This project is co-financed by the European Regional and Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative



View research profiles for all members on our research portal


Research outputs


Contact us

Contact the Centre's Director, Dr Darren O'Byrne


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