IICE: What we do

IICE cultivates interdisciplinary research into culture; working within and beyond the academy with external partners and cultural practitioners to develop world-leading interdisciplinary research for wider public benefit. We facilitate national and international collaboration to tackle pressing global issues, seeking solutions with deep, real cultural resonance.

IICE provides opportunities for researchers to carry out cultural enquiry, with interdisciplinarity as our guiding mode of practice: undertaking collaborative research projects across and beyond departments and disciplines.

Our projects cover matters ranging from climate change to racial justice, from marginalised communities to digital challenges, with a commitment to research excellence, ethics and innovative methodologies.  IICE aims to establish a disruptive space where research questions and methods – the cutting-edge tools of enquiry – are formed, defined and interrogated. 

Welcome to the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry at the University of Exeter

“Cultural enquiry is at the centre of IICE’s work, but we are not (too) doctrinaire about what this means. Cultural enquiry is, in its broadest sense, the practice of investigating the behaviours, beliefs, values, symbols and material effects of human animals. A vital element of our practice-based approach is to question the wording and debate the reference. So, for us, cultural enquiry is an open, working definition which will evolve over time in response to the Institute’s footprint activity.

IICE facilitates research projects, seminars and public events with multiple methodologies across intersecting disciplines and dynamic, forward-thinking approaches.

Our research may be curiosity-driven, or just as likely driven by an urgent global issue. Sometimes questions can only be answered with large-scale collaborative teams of academics and practitioners, whereas, for others, a researcher just needs a space to think, write and test their ideas.  It is these mixed research methods that IICE promotes – have a look at our schemes, activities and events on this site.”

– Professor Rob Gleave,  IICE Director



This blog is where you will find exclusive insights from live projects, news on forthcoming and recent events and opportunities, reflections and contributions from our collaborators  and more…

New Podcast Episode: Professor Christine Robbins discusses Development Fund Project ‘Fragile Faiths’

In the third and final episode of our IICE Development Fund podcast series, Professor Rob Gleave (RG), the director of the Institute, speaks to Professor Christine Robbins (CR) about the Development Fund project Fragile Faiths, which examines processes of continuity and change in the ‘fragile faiths’- a term here applied to certain ethnoreligious groups violently displaced by war, placing their cultural survival in …

IICE Development Projects Podcast Episode 2: Professor Gabriella Giannachi and Rob Gleave on ‘Understanding How to Improve Support to Veterans During Transition into Civilian Life’

In the second episode of our IICE podcast series, Professor Rob Gleave (RG), the director of the Institute, speaks to Professor Gabriella Giannachi (GG) about the Development Fund project Understanding How to Improve Support to Veterans During Transition into Civilian Life, which examines how cultural heritage and art can be activated to assist veterans in their transition into civilian life. They discuss co-working with a group of veterans on a constantly evolving project; utilising …

Introducing the IICE Podcast Series: Development Fund Projects in Conversation

In the first in a series of International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) podcasts, Professor Rob Gleave, the director of the Institute, speaks to Dr Elena Gadjanova and Dr Stacey Hynd about their Development Fund project ‘Whose Lives Matter’, which examines virality, ethics and scale in Humanitarian Campaigns in the digital age through a case study of #BringBackOurGirls. They discuss interdisciplinary co-working as …