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Research at Birkbeck

Discover our research: Toddlers and tablets

A Birkbeck co-authored study has shown that early touchscreen use – and in particular actively scrolling the screen – correlates with increased  fine motor control in toddlers

Discover our research: The challenge of Brazilian design

As the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games comes to a close, our PhD student Federico Duarte, looks into the iconography of the Games' visual identity

Discover our research: Storm impact

A study has revealed the destructive impact of recent storms on the East Anglian coastline

Discover our research: Understanding Alzheimer’s

Tomorrow marks the beginning of World Alzheimer's Month 2016. Here, we take a look at the Birkbeck Babylab’s pioneering study into infants with Down Syndrome and the powerful insights it may offer into Alzheimer’s Disease.

Discover our research: Team GB's Rio 2016 success

Why did Team GB do so well in the Olympics? Professor Klaus Nielsen comments in a Mashable article on Britain's culture of excellence and winning mentality – and its downsides.
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Research with impact

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Read about the Research Excellence Framework, which evaluates the quality of research in UK universities, and about our REF 2014 results.

Arts, history and culture

Arts, history and culture

Arts, history and culture Exciting research that enriches our experience of the world
Learning, education and development

Learning, education and development

Learning, education and development Informing policy on education right through the life span
Conservation and heritage

Conservation and heritage

Conservation and heritage Ground-breaking applied technologies that are future-proofing our heritage
Politics, society and the law

Politics, society and the law

Politics, society and the law Research that tackles the big issues and ‘real world’ questions
Science and biomedicine

Science and biomedicine

Science and biomedicine Helping to identify fundamental biological and physical structures
Work and the economy

Work and the economy

Work and the economy Offering insights and expertise to inform business and contribute to economic success
Our Schools

Our Schools and research centres

Birkbeck’s five academic Schools and more than 40 specialist research centres work with government, business and educational and scientific institutions globally to extend the boundaries of knowledge.

School of Arts

School of Arts

School of Arts Innovative and interdisciplinary research across a wide area of the arts and humanities
School of Business, Economics and Informatics

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

School of Business, Economics and Informatics The pursuit of innovative research lies at the heart of our activities
School of Law

School of Law

School of Law Committed to the critical study of law and institutions of justice
School of Science

School of Science

School of Science Staff are engaged in an array of ground-breaking, world-class research
School of Social Science, History and Philosophy

School of Social Science, History and Philosophy

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy Our School is at the forefront of research in the humanities and social sciences
Our research centres

Research centres/institutes

Research centres Conducting world-class research across the disciplines
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