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Research at Birkbeck

Discover our research: Investigating North Korea's enigmatic volcano

Newly-published research co-authored by a Birkbeck geophysicist has  furthered our understanding of the internal structure of an Mount Paektu, a volcano on the border of North Korea and China.

Discover our research: The Source of Human Irrationality

A Birkbeck academic's opinion article suggests a role reversal of current wisdom on the brain systems that come into play when we carry out reasoning tasks

Discover our research: Westminster Watch

In the digital age, research and analysis comes in all shapes and sizes. For instance, the Department of Politics’ regular podcast Westminster Watch is a vibrant platform for our academics to share their expertise – in this case, their expertise in British politics.

Discover our research: ‘Girlness’ is a state of mind

In her new research monograph, Dr Nobuko Anan explores contemporary Japanese women’s theatre and visual arts, and what they reveal about conceptions of gender, sexuality and cultural identity

Discover our research: Latin American Visual Cultures

Dr Luciana Martins, reader in Latin American Visual Cultures, has been awarded a 2016 Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a study exploring the practice and experience of image-making as deployed on European expeditions to South America from the 1850s to the 1950s.

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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