The research themes of the SCE are broadly related to cultural, social and societal phenomena, challenges and changes.
At the SCE, research is conducted in Cultural Research, Finnish Language, Foreign Languages and Translation Studies (School of Humanities), Western and Orthodox Theology (School of Theology), Psychology and Career counselling (School of Educational Sciences and Psychology), the various fields of the Social Sciences (Department of Social Sciences), Environmental policy, History and Human geography (Department of Geographical and Historical Studies). At the Karelian Institute research is conducted in the areas of Regional and Rural Studies, Ethnicity and Culture, and Borders and Russia. Cultural Encounters, Borders and Mobilities is one of the UEF's profile areas in research and education.
Research fields and areas are described in more detail in the web pages of the units involved in the SCE.