The VHI's international team of researchers, drawn from across the disciplines, is primarily engaged in high quality academic research.This results not only in books, articles, and reports, but also in societal impact through media dissemination, work with governmental and church bodies, as well as NGOs. Our recent outputs have had bearing on contemporary issues such as migration, patenting of genetic material, understandings of health and ill- health, human dignity, and inter-religious relations in the 21st century.
Previous dissemination of policy-relevant academic research includes projects commissioned by the British Government, Regional Development Agencies, the Holy See’s Mission to the UN, individual Catholic dioceses and the Charles Plater Trust which is part of the Catholic Education Service of England & Wales. The VHI also collaborates with various department at Cambridge University as well as with several faith-based organisations. Example of current and past research projects can be found on the page.
The institute has extensive international academic collaborations and contacts. Our research networks – for instance the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice – link many bodies engaged in promoting and developing Catholic SocialTeaching for the third millennium.We are developing partnerships with universities around the world – for instance Australian Catholic University – for enhanced collaborative research with global reach and impact.
The VHI welcomes enquiries from organisations interested in commissioning the institute to undertake work on their behalf.