Life and Environmental Sciences Research

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

Our extensive engagement with partners across academia, industry and communities deliver growing impact on the local, national and global stage. 

We combine our discipline expertise with those across the wider University to address the most significant human and environmental questions of the present, past and future

research-promo-520x140World-leading research

A defining trait of the College is the way in which experts from across a breadth of disciplines from the biomedical to the social sciences engage to address shared research challenges and to deliver research-led teaching to our students. 

Our world-leading collaborative research areas include:

These areas are underpinned by our Enabling Technologies

global-challenges-promo-520x140Global challenges

Given the challenges that societies from across the globe are facing, there has never been a more important time to understand the mechanisms that underpin these interactions. We are currently leading international collaborative projects that are specifically addressing areas such as:

  • Healthy Environments
  • Food and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Security
  • Clean Energy
  • Conflict and Humanitarian Action
  • Foundations for Economic Development (including infrastructure)
  • Resilient Systems
  • Mass Migration
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Sustainable Cities


Research in our four schools

There are a very wide range of academic interests within and between each of the Schools.

Find out more about the research themes in our four schools:

Life Sciences at Birmingham

Birmingham is one of the most important sites for Life Sciences within the UK and is characterised by strong partnerships that link academic excellence across the University with innovation in addressing the health care requirements of a diverse regional population of five million people.

Our vision is to deliver the full circle of translational medicine and to be recognised globally as a leading UK institution for Life Sciences research.


Birmingham Fellows

Research in the College has been supported by significant investments from the University and we have recruited three cohorts of Birmingham Fellows. The Birmingham Fellows receive a five-year research fellowship, unparalleled training and mentoring and a permanent faculty position at the end of their fellowship. The College will continue to invest in the Fellows in the coming years.

Our Birmingham Fellows include:

Within the School of Biosciences:

Within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences:

Within the School of Psychology:


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