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 UAE took place at Expo City Dubai from November 30-December 12, 2023. The overall provisional delegate total for the conference is expected to be more than 100,000, making it the largest COP in history.

To mark the event, we hosted a programme of events, discussions and projects - highlighting the tremendous research we are leading to help tackle the climate crisis. We were also part of the Universities Climate Network (UCN), comprising 12 UAE-based universities and higher education institutions to collaborate on facilitating dialogues, workshops, public events, policy briefs, and youth participation in the lead up to and following COP28. In doing so, we hope to accelerate sustainable practices, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and contribute to climate solutions in the UAE and beyond.

 Find out more about the UN Climate Change Conference hosted in the UAE

The University of Birmingham at COP28.

COP28 Universities Climate Network Official Partner

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Research news

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

More investment is needed for railways in poorer countries to curb carbon emissions

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If we want to reach climate targets, then we need to invest in rail infrastructure in low and lower-middle-income countries.
30 November 2023

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