University of East London Centre For Narrative Research

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University of East London Centre For Narrative Research

University of East London Centre For Narrative Research

The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) is the leading international centre for narrative work in the social sciences. CNR aims to generate and develop innovative narrative research of all kinds, and to bring narrative researchers from all over the world into productive dialogue.

CNR draws on narrative research from across the social sciences and beyond. It is founded in interdisciplinarity; it includes researchers from psychological, sociological, anthropological, cultural and media studies, humanities, arts and performance research traditions. The Centre supports research on spoken, written and visual narratives. It fosters collaborations between its members, associates and advisors, and provides a forum for researchers in applied and policy settings, as well as academics and graduate students.

The Centre is open to all kinds of narrative researchers, whatever their theoretical and methodological backgrounds. At the same time, CNR’s work is distinguished, first, by its commitment to narrative complexity – to studying the contradictions, incoherences and omissions in narratives, as well as narrative sensemaking – and second, by its explorations of relationships between personal narratives and the social world.

Centre objectives

  • To serve as an international focus for innovative narrative research in the social sciences
  • To produce a distinctive strand of publications on narrative in the social sciences, in the form of books and journal articles
  • To develop research collaborations, nationally and internationally
  • To support and encourage the work of graduate students in associated with the Centre and in the narrative field
  • To host conferences, symposia and seminars, both academic and applied


The Centre is located in the School of Social Sciences at UEL’s Docklands campus, which allows close links with colleagues across programmes in Social Sciences and the School of Arts and Digital Industries. The Centre also collaborates with related University projects in the Schools of Psychology and Education, as well as with many colleagues in the Tavistock Centre.