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 will take place at Expo City Dubai from November 30-December 12, 2023. The Conference is expected to convene over 70,000 participants. 

To mark the event, we are hosting a programme of events, discussions and projects - highlighting the tremendous research we are leading to help tackle the climate crisis. 

We are 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 upcoming 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 launches UIC Middle East Regional Competence Hub

The Secretary of State for Transport, Francois Davenne and Professor Clive Roberts at the launch event.
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

Audience sitting at launch event
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

Railway tracks with passenger trains on them at dusk
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

Expand railways in poorer countries to achieve climate goals, new research says

Railways with passenger trains on them.
A whitepaper has made the case for significantly expanding rail in low- and lower-middle-income countries to reach climate goals and provide economic benefits.
29 November 2023

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