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Research for the real world

We’re strongly committed to research that makes a difference in the real world, to real communities – just as our students combine classroom learning with teaching based on community projects.

Buildings, bumble bees and big data

The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) has strong research expertise in urban sustainability, cyber-security and big data studies. We’re also world leaders in ecological and environmental protection studies - from peat marsh carbon capture to bumblebee conservation. 

It has a strong culture of research collaboration between our architecture, computing, engineering and geo-information centres, as well as with other UEL Schools and international partners.

Education for a changing world

Research at the Cass School of Education and Communities is responsive to the diverse educational needs of communities: in our own East London, the rest of the UK, and internationally. Our main research interests are: early childhood, language and diversity, teacher education, race and community, learning and teaching, comparative education, professional education and social work.

Minds that matter

Our School of Psychology has a strong tradition of theoretical and applied research, which integrates cross-disciplinary expertise from experimental, developmental, health, clinical and social psychology. 

Research is focused on six clusters: cognition and neuroscience, developmental psychology, drugs and addictive behaviours, health promotion and behaviour, psychology and social change, and the psychology of education.

The human touch

Research in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience (HSB) is concentrated into research groups: the Human Motor Performance Group (HMPG); Medicines Research Group (MRG); Infection and Immunity Research Group (IIRG); and the Centre for Disabilities, Sport and Health (CDSH).

Better business, better law

Research within the School of Business and Law falls broadly into behavioural and analytical categories - from global markets to the drivers of small business entrepreneurialism in Nigeria.

In law, research strengths include: criminology, justice and terrorism; law and conflict; financial law and regulation; human rights law and discrimination; and globalisation and development.

Socially speaking

UEL delivers high quality research that is impactful, socially relevant and for the public good. Our Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), for example, engages with some of London’s most disadvantaged communities and supporting them to improve their health and well-being.

We’re also one of the main social work training providers in London, with an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching. Current research themes include relational approaches to people at risk of self-harm or suicide, safeguarding and child protection, social work and education as well as the transformation of welfare in the UK.