Research

With a growing portfolio of collaborative partnerships with leading institutions, businesses and government across India, research projects are many and varied. From improving the detection of cancer in women and research into the source of air pollution to addressing the challenges of growing population and anti-microbial infection, our research collaborations will help answer the global challenges of our age.

£1m bid won to further research on air pollution

Researchers from the University of Birmingham and IIT Delhi have recently won a bid of over £1 million for the Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity programme, funded by NERC and MRC in the UK (with input from the Newton Fund), and Ministry of Earth Sciences and Department of Biotechnology in India. 

The project aims to undertake regionally specific studies to understand the sources and atmospheric transformation of air pollutants, to provide predictive capability for the impact of similarly region-specific mitigation measures and to create sustainable monitoring and compliance technologies.

Women's Cancer Genomics Cohort Study

The University formalised a strategic relationship with the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutions last year. A joint research collaboration on women cancer genomics is being developed by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Punjab; National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kolkata; Public Health Foundation of India, and the University of Birmingham. This research will address key India-specific questions with direct translation to early detection, prevention and treatment, and will enable capacity building for cutting-edge biomedical research in India. 

Sustainable Cities and Microbial Infection

The University formalised a strategic relationship with the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutions in 2016. Following a joint workshop by Birmingham and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in September on women’s cancer genomics, another two-day joint workshop on sustainable cities and microbial infection was recently held in Delhi. 

India’s Minister of State of External Affairs, General Vijay Kumar Singh, attended the closing session and University of Birmingham Chancellor Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea and Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) briefed the highlights to Mr Jo Johnson, UK Minister for Universities & Science. 

Young people’s mapping project instigates change in Delhi communities

The University of Birmingham and Humara Bachpan Campaign (HBC) are collaborating on a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) that aims to map urban life in Delhi. Humara Bachpan is a national campaign which aims to fill a gap in advocacy in India, focused on the living conditions of young children in urban poverty. The project aims to influence city master plans, zonal development plans and urban development policies – leading to creation of child-friendly cities.

Birmingham-IIT Delhi research project on Discourse Studies

Professor Michael Toolan of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies (EDACS) recently spent five weeks at IIT Dehli as a visiting scholar and working on his collaboration in the News Discourse Inequality Representation project.

'Indian Shakespeares on Screen' at the Shakespeare Institute

Visiting Fellow Professor Paromita Chakravarti and alumna Dr Poonam Trivedi, along with the Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Professor Michael Dobson, spoke to students at the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Other Place, as part of a symposium coordinated by PhD students Thea Buckley and Rosalind Fielding. The event, which took place on 3 May, saw a screening of the film Shakespeare Wallah and the opening of this month's related Shakespeare Institute Library exhibition, and followed on from the previous week's 'Indian Shakespeares on Screen' events in London.