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The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) aims to support and connect social researchers at Birkbeck to amplify interdisciplinary, innovative, and publicly engaged social research at Birkbeck and to engage with scholars and the public on issues of significant public interest, especially issues that concern the impact of social inequalities on people's lives.

The Institute plays an active role in promoting social research to a wide range of publics within London; encouraging cross-disciplinary debate, critical thinking and the stimulation of new research agendas on important social issues.

Our activities include seminars, conferences, symposia, thematic groups and other academic events related to members' core interests. We invite many prominent visiting speakers to the College each year, and we also organise workshops and seminars that contribute to extending and enhancing methodological expertise and innovation in social research. Recordings of many of our events are available as podcasts, ensuring that many thousands of people who are not able to attend can experience some of the vibrancy of academic life at Birkbeck.


  • Director, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research: Professor Karen Wells, Geography
  • Manager, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research: TBC