Research that matters

The University of Birmingham Dubai seeks to become a leading research-oriented campus among higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We aim to develop a research culture that incorporates the values, expectations, and activities of our community.

Launch of three new research centres at our Dubai campus


In the last decade, the University of Birmingham have made substantial progress in the quality, ambition, and impact of our research. We will build on this platform as we continue to increase the delivery of Research that Matters: research with outcomes that are important to other people, organisations, and academic fields, and are widely disseminated to achieve lasting, transformative impact in the world. 

Read more about Research that Matters in our 2030 Strategic Framework

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Thematic priorities


To address climate challenges such as food and water security, and the future of mobility, as well as related financial issues and processes

COP28 engagement and impact report

In 2023, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) took place at Expo City Dubai. A total of almost 86,000 participants attended the conference, making it comfortably the largest COP in history. Our COP28 engagement and impact report highlights the programme of activity we hosted - showcasing the tremendous research we are leading to help tackle the climate crisis.

Dr Rasha Bayoumi, Head of Research at the University of Birmingham Dubai, has been appointed co-chair of the UAE Universities Climate Network (UCN). In this role, she will lead efforts to advance climate action regionally and internationally, while promoting sustainability across the UAE’s academic sector.

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Research news

Research-informed practice shines at University's Action Research Network Conference

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The University of Birmingham Dubai’s 2nd Action Research Network Conference highlights research-informed practice among teachers from 80 schools across the UAE.
11 June 2024

University of Birmingham Dubai and the UAE's Securities and Commodities Authority enter partnership

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The memorandum of understanding aims to build human capacity and leverage cutting-edge research to enhance the UAE’s investment environment.
07 December 2023

University of Birmingham Dubai launches UIC Middle East Regional Competence Hub

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The University of Birmingham and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have launched the UIC Middle East Hub at the University of Birmingham Dubai campus.
06 December 2023

University of Birmingham launches groundbreaking report on adaptation and resilience at COP28

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New report released during COP28 - Adaptation and Building Resilience in a Changing World.
01 December 2023

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