Research in Life and Environmental Sciences

Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging advances in human and environmental health.

Our world-leading collaborative research areas and facilities include:

  • Environmental Sciences

    We focus on the major environmental science challenges such as air pollution and health, climate change, extreme weather events, and the safety of chemicals and nanomaterials.

  • Microbiology and Infection

    With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world, we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

  • Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

    We utilise cutting edge technology and multidisciplinary expertise to collectively advance the assessment of patients with spinal pain through the development of new assessment tools.

  • Centre for Human Brain Health

    We are an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.

  • Institute for Mental Health

    We are ensuring a sustained impact on public policy and practice, translating research in neuroscience to improvements in treatment, and improving the care and outcomes of those suffering from problems in their mental health.

  • Water Sciences

    Our research is essential to sustainably manage the supply and use of water, provide a healthy environment and enhance resilience of ecosystems and people to water-related risks in a changing world.

  • The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

    Providing fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living.

  • Enabling Technologies

    These research areas are all underpinned by our Enabling Technologies. We continually invest in resources so our researchers are able to pursue their ideas, undertake research and transfer their knowledge to create global impact.

 

Research Highlights from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Increased green space in prisons can reduce self-harm and violence

Increased green space in prisons can reduce self-harm and violence
Description
Prisons with more green space have lower levels of violence and self-harm, according to new research at the University of Birmingham and Utrecht University.
Date:
24/02/2021

Counterintuitive approach may improve eyewitness identification

Counterintuitive approach may improve eyewitness identification
Description
Experts have devised a novel approach to selecting photos for police line-ups that helps witnesses identify culprits more reliably.
Date:
16/02/2021

Recognition for Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Recognition for Adriane Esquivel Muelbert
Description
Adriane Esquivel Muelbert has been named one of the 2020 Forests Young Investigators.
Date:
11/02/2021

'Sleep hygiene' should be integrated into epilepsy diagnosis and management - study

'Sleep hygiene' should be integrated into epilepsy diagnosis and management - study
Description
Children with epilepsy sleep poorly compared to healthy children, and are more likely to experience disruptions such as night terrors, sleep walking or sleep disordered breathing, according to a new study.
Date:
10/02/2021

Fellowship Success for Dr Maria Michail

Fellowship Success for Dr Maria Michail
Description
Dr Maria Michail, lead of the suicide and self-harm research group at the Institute for Mental Health has been awarded a three-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global Fellowship.
Date:
09/02/2021
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