Birmingham - research that matters

A global top 100 university tackling some of the biggest issues the world faces, making a difference to people's lives on a daily basis

Spotlight on Research

  • Maternal Health

    We are developing, testing and implementing solutions to save women’s lives across the world by improving their standards of care during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Liver Transplantation

    Birmingham has been at the forefront of transplants since the pioneering work of Sir Peter Medawar. Our researchers are continuing his legacy.

  • Future of Energy and Transport

    Transport and energy are the largest contributors to UK carbon emissions. Across the University of Birmingham, we are working with industry partners to share knowledge and turn theory, through experimentation, into real-world applications, which will develop the technologies and infrastructure needed to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors.

  • Birmingham Plastics Network: Shaping the Fate and Sustainable Future of Plastics

    The University of Birmingham has established a Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics

  • Sustainable Environments

    We are investigating the impacts of climate change on forests and water, people and our planet seeking sustainable solutions to real world crises.

  • Superdiversity

    Challenging established views and policy responses to migration and its impact on societies in a rapidly changing world.

  • Quantum Technologies

    Developing the use of sensors and clocks in innovative, ground-breaking technologies to change the future landscapes of healthcare, transport, defence, civil engineering and more.

  • Climate Change and Health

    Climate change and the direct impacts of increasing global temperatures and water shortages are two of the biggest challenges facing the world. Our research is addressing the impact of these fundamental global changes.

  • Clean Air

    We are working with partners across the globe to understand how to save lives at risk from poor air quality.

  • Centre for Urban Wellbeing

    The Centre for Urban Wellbeing brings together academics from across the University of Birmingham to tackle global challenges to community health and wellbeing.

Explore our research further

  • Research database

    Explore our Birmingham Research Portal, a fully searchable database of all the research undertaken at the University

  • Postgraduate Research

    We offer a wealth of world-leading research opportunities to choose from, where you will work with world-leading academics and be part of a thriving postgraduate community.

  • Partner with us to grow your business

    Our partnerships are far-reaching and diverse. By partnering with us we can help to grow and continue the success of your business.

  • Public Affairs

    We can help you access the expertise you need by identifying relevant experts, providing briefings or organising roundtable discussions involving industry and academia.


Global Goals

We are proud to be focusing our efforts on tackling the United Nations’ Global Goals

The Forum for Global Challenges

An ambitious international conference that will generate and share solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by our planet and its people

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Research Events

Discover our research through lectures, seminars and exhibitions

The Commonwealth Games: A Roundtable Discussion

Join us for a discussion on the meaning(s) of the Commonwealth Games through time (past, present, future).

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