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Published Research

The Centre has completed two research phases. Between June 2012 and February 2015, the Centre conducted a series of projects exploring the concept of gratitude in Britain. The Centre's second research phase, Service Britain was conducted between March 2015 and November 2017. The research conducted during this phase sought to explore aspects of character and virtues, with a particular focus on the virtues of gratitude and service, in the professions, education, voluntary sector, families, media, young people and in parents. . 

The key research questions explored by the Centre's work so far include: 

  • What is the meaning of moral gratitude: who should we be grateful to and what for?
  • How might morally significant gratitude be promoted in British society?
  • What would be the wider social and cultural and moral impact of a more grateful Britain?
  • To what extent has the ideal of serving the common or public good been eroded in contemporary British society and in professional life?
  • How might the ideals of professional and other service be enhanced and strengthened?
  • What personal and public virtues might be promoted to underpin such professional and public service?

The findings from these research phases are freely available as published research reports, which can be accessed by clicking the images below.