Research Spotlights

Our Spotlights showcase our pioneering breakthroughs, multidisciplinary collaborations and significant global impact.

  • Rail decarbonisation

    Decarbonisation is one of two railway grand challenges (along with digitalisation) that requires a strategic, whole-sector approach with government, industry and academia working together. We are leading the way in decarbonising the railway in the UK and across the world.

  • Liver Transplantation

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

  • Hydrogen-powered train

    Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education’s (BCRRE) research into the application of fuel cells and hydrogen in railway traction system design stretches back over the last decade and beyond.

  • Cancer Immunology

    Over 12 million people die of cancer worldwide each year. Although treatments are improving, there’s still a long way to go, and some cancers are still very difficult to treat.

  • 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

  • Youth Mental Health

    We are working to transform the way services view and treat mental ill health, and improve care and outcomes for young people.

  • Water Sciences

    At Birmingham we are using cutting-edge approaches and blending expertise to develop sustainable solutions to global water challenges.

  • Thinking Africa differently

    Birmingham academics are transforming our understanding of Africa’s history, politics, law, environment, art, and cultures.

  • Sustainable Cities

    Our researchers are helping cities better balance economic, social and environmental needs and investigating how to re-engineer urban environments so that they are more liveable and resilient to major challenges.

  • Superdiversity

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

  • Responsible Business

    Academia partnering with business, investigating, developing and co-creating robust and innovative solutions to achieve responsible business success. Building the foundations for a more responsible and sustainable future.

  • 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.

  • Microbiology and Infection

    Tackling the global challenge of infectious diseases for the benefit of society.

  • Inclusive Education

    True inclusion means being an active participant, with an equal voice, rights, and chances to succeed in an environment that takes you and your needs seriously.

  • Healthcare Technologies

    At the Healthcare Technologies Institute we want to create an environment and an infrastructure where we can take technologies at a very early stage of development and move them rapidly through to clinical trial. This will help patients heal at an earlier stage, and will also help local industries develop new medical devices.

  • Health Data

    We are working with regional partners to tackle vital challenges for healthcare that can only be addressed using the unique opportunities emerging from a digital NHS.

  • Global Ethics

    Birmingham academics work on major issues in international ethics and global justice and train the next generation of students to tackle these issues.

  • Ancient Texts

    Birmingham has a long history of researching ancient texts. Using specialist expertise and new technologies, our academics put these texts in context and discover what they mean to our world today

  • Air Pollution

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

  • Ageing

    Our research focuses on understanding the drivers of age-related inflammation, how this contributes to age-related disease and developing innovative ways to improve health in old age.