Research Spotlights

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

  • 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.

  • Cancer

    Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Although treatments are improving, there’s still a long way to go. We’re using fundamental research, evaluations, and the power of genomics to push scientific knowledge.

  • 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

    Our strategy is improve the outcomes and care for young people with mental health problems, by working together to understand the causes of poor mental health, prevent mental health problems from developing, and respond to established illness by developing new treatments and services

  • Thinking Africa differently

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Global Education

    Providing a global education that is truly inclusive means being an active participant, with an equal voice, rights, and chances to succeed in an environment that takes you and your needs seriously.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ageing and Wellbeing

    Our research addresses the global challenge of supporting our increasing ageing population by encouraging an active lifestyle to help maintain physical and mental health in older generations.

  • 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.