About the Centre

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new multidisciplinary research hub of Royal Holloway academics from the departments of Psychology, Law (including sociology, social work and criminology), Media Arts, History, Geography, Politics and Information Security! Our research expertise and approach is varied but we share an interest in learning more about the connections and relationships between ‘emotion’ and law. In particular, how understandings and knowledge about what ’emotion’ is affects individuals and their fair treatment by legal frameworks, institutions, bureaucratic structures and processes.

We envision contributions in many areas. For example, our expertise can inform evidence-based policy and decision making in cases where individuals have been victimised, stereotyped, are at risk of further harm and are seeking justice and protection. Our expertise can shed light on rights-based approaches including the use of human rights law and democratic theory and policy aiming to empower such individuals.

We will explore a number of these and related issues including questioning how policy, behaviour and systems can be adapted to take into account the impact of emotions on individuals and their communities: the individuals most deeply affected by these issues are at the centre of our work and we use a variety of approaches in our multidisciplinary fields.  Going forward we will serve as a hub of expertise for research, policy makers, practitioners, journalists, campaigners and others who can benefit from our work.

Last but not least we’d like to acknowledge the founders of the original CSEL, Dr Stuart Turner and Dr Jane Herlihy.