The IFK conceptualises its activities around research groups. In 2020 the following five were founded.
Data Science Across Disciplines (DSAD)
Director: Professor Charis Harley (Engineering)
Data Science Across Disciplines takes an interdisciplinary approach to both the application of data science and the sense-making theoretical frameworks that shape its development. DSAD supports the educational and intellectual growth of the field of data science by developing specialist educational programmes at the postgraduate level, to support student skills development and upskill current professionals. The DSAD’s cutting edge research is allied with close industry collaboration.
The Future of Health (FoH)
Director: Professor Benjamin Smart (Philosophy)
The Future of Health Research Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding humanity’s efforts to improve health and deal with sickness, in the conviction that gaining perspective will improve future medical and public health efforts. The group’s broad mandate includes philosophical, sociological,anthropological, and other disciplinary approaches, and covers clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, biomedical research, and other health knowledges.
The Future of Diplomacy (FoD)
Director: Dr Oluwaseun Tella (Politics and International Relations)
The Future of Diplomacy research group seeks to promote the understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in contemporary international politics. The group aims to support research in modern diplomatic practice by redefining diplomacy in contemporary and futuristic contexts in an increasingly complex and globalised world.
Green Futures (GF)
Director: Professor Brett Bennett (History)
Green Futures seeks to positively understand, appreciate and harness earth's plant life and the socio-ecosystems they interact with for the betterment of humanity and nature. Green Futures draws on a range of disciplines, not limited to science, and has a strong grounding in culture, history, and policy.
Metaphysics and Machines (MnM)
Director: Professor Alex Broadbent (Philosophy)
Artificial intelligence is altering how we understand the world. The Metaphysics and Machines Research Group explores the implications, including how the approach of developing machine learning solutions changes or deviates from traditional scientific methodologies, whether such new approaches can help develop new or alternative conceptual frameworks, whether machine learning can improve our grasp of complexity, and what we can learn about the relationship between prediction, explanation and causation.