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Our research

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

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.


Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life

Population, Environment and Resources Group

The Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence Programme SPACE: Seminars on Politics, the Arts, Culture and Entertainment

The Department of Politics ranked 12th in Britain in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 4* research - considered 'world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour - just beneath University of Cambridge. This places it within the top quarter of research-active Politics departments, higher if we include the many institutions that did not enter the REF. It also ranks 12th overall in 4* outputs, 17th overall for Grade Point Average. This confirms Birkbeck's status as a top tier Politics department within the UK, and the world.

Our physical location also contributes immeasurably to our research culture, as we are located at the heart of the University of London and among the other Bloomsbury colleges.

The Department has a research centre dedicated to the study of British Politics (the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life) and a research group on Population, Environment and Resources.