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


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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