The BSR’s Research Strategy is informed by our assessment of the contribution we make, and the value we can add, to the UK government’s strategic priorities in research and the creative sector. As an institution that has always combined research and practice, in a vibrant, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary community, we are ideally placed to deliver on the UK’s strategic priorities in research and innovation through our support for and mentoring of the most talented scholars of the art, history and culture of the Mediterranean from prehistory to the present day, and of contemporary architects, artists and curators. Our aim is to act as a catalyst for academic research and creative practice through engagement with Mediterranean, Italian and Rome-based international agencies to enhance connectivity, partnership and collaboration for UK and Commonwealth researchers and creative artists.

Our research strategy builds on the outstanding resources of our Library and community of scholars to focus on excellence, interdisciplinarity, internationalization and dissemination.

In November 2019 we introduced six new research pathways, to inform all our programmes and replace our previous research themes. These pathways are: 1. Rome’s Worlds: Past, Present and Future; 2. Literary and Visual Humanities: Media and Form; 3. Beliefs and Being: Faith, Ideology and Philosophy; 4. Cultural Mapping: Exchange and Translation; 5. Cultural Heritage Curation and Preservation; 6. Perspectives on Sustainable Development.

Previously, our activity was focused on seven key themes which informed our humanities and fine arts programmes.

We offer a full programme of lectures, workshops and conferences, and our facilities, expertise and engagement with Italian and Commonwealth scholarship is available to scholars across the world.

Please contact the Director to discuss how the BSR can support your research.