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Our research

As the longest standing specialised department of Organizational Psychology in the UK, we are deeply committed to our tradition of critical, cross-disciplinary and innovative research. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results show that 83% of Birkbeck's research is ranked 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

We celebrate diversity regarding the topics we study, the methods we use, the settings for our research as well as our own backgrounds. Research in the department must pass our research ethics process.

Our facilities for research range from a dedicated pump-priming funding scheme from our School of Business, Economics and Informatics to software licences for Qualtrics and other tools, as well as funding for panel data or participant reimbursements through School-level grants.

Research centres and networks

Our academics, researchers and MPhil/PhD students work together via research centres, networks, groups and societies. These cut across departments, subjects and areas of expertise, to encourage and enable innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Research projects and publications

Our staff are engaged in a variety of research projects, among them the following:

Our community and networks

We are committed to making a positive difference to organisations through the integrity of our research and relevance to practice. We work with a range of stakeholders to enhance organisational practice, support people and teams through change and facilitate diversity and inclusion.

We foster national and international collaborations through our commitment to dissemination to academic and practitioner audiences; our research collaborations with organisations (e.g. Highways UK) and professional associations (e.g. the Royal College of Physicians); and our passion for sharing our methodological expertise.

We are also proud to host the UK's first professional doctorate in Occupational Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council, which fosters our links with industry and ensures the embedding of best available evidence into organisational practice.

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