Research at UEL
Our dynamic research community is organised into Institutes, Centres and Groups. These provide a focus for our cutting-edge research. Many of our academics are world leaders in their fields. They have a well-deserved reputation for delivering innovative, high impact projects. These range from health, education and environmental sustainability to architecture, digital industries and social sciences. At UEL, we excel at attracting funding and developing partnerships. We work with organisations in the academic, public, private and voluntary sectors to combine expertise and achieve strong outcomes.
Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)
The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) is UEL's centre of excellence for environmental research and development.Read about UEL's Sustainability Research Institute
Institute for Connected Communities (ICC)
The Institute for Connected Communities (ICC) puts connected offline and online communities at the heart of our research, exploring contemporary issues including harms, cybercrime, safety, security, hRead more
Rix Research & Media
Helping people with learning disabilities to realise the benefits that digital can bring.Read more
Interdisciplinary Research Centres
Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging
The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging is located in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of East London.Read more about the centre
Centre for Creative and Cultural Practice
The centre for Creative and Cultural Practice (CCP) is a platform for interdisciplinary, socially engaged creative practice and radical research.Read more
Centre for Social Change and Justice
The Centre brings together the rich spectrum of debates that shape contemporary discourses on the drivers of social change, inequalities and social justice.Learn about our work
Research in our Schools
School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
Browse our research groups below or view all research in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.
Resilient Materials and Structures Research Group
This group focuses on low carbon, energy efficient and resilient infrastructure materials and structures, including cementitious and bio- composites.Read more
The Centre of FinTech
The Centre of FinTech is based at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.Read more
School of Arts and Creative Industries
Browse our research groups below or view all research in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.
Centre for Cultural Studies Research
The culturopolitical, sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical implications of international cultures.Read more
Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD)
CPAD at the University of East London is focused on developing original and innovative research in performing arts.Read about UEL's dedicated research into performing arts
School of Education & Communities
The Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR)
We offer a distinctive 'practice near' psychosocial approach to social work, social policy and to understanding individuals and organisations.Learn about the Centre
Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG)
Focusing on the critical and public exploration of complex factors that frame everyday practicesRead more
The International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC)
ICMEC works to generate greater knowledge about Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) systems and policies worldwide.Read more
The International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP)
Public Pedagogy is a new area of educational scholarship that considers the application and development of educational theory beyond formal schooling.Read more
Research In Teacher Education (RiTE)
A periodical from the School of Education and Communities.Read the periodical
School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
Browse our research groups below or view all research in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.
Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group (ASSRG)
The group investigates topics within sport and exercise physiology, biomechanics and psychology, along with strength and conditioning.Read more
The Clinical Research Group
We research into the impact and alleviation of human chronic disease. We are based in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.Read more
Infection and Immunity Research Group
Research within the Infection and Immunity Group explores the interactive role between the host immune response and pathogen thereby elucidating mechanisms that may play a role in causing disease pathRead more
Medicines Research Group (MRG)
Founded in 2007, the Medicines Research Group has grown significantly over the years with research expertise including drug discovery and development.Find out more
School of Psychology
The Baby Development Lab in the University of East London conducts world-leading research into babies' early development.Read more
Cognition and Neuroscience Group
We examine human cognitive and emotional processes in neurotypical adults and in individuals with brain impairments and mental health disorders.Read more
Developmental Psychology Research Group
The Developmental Psychology Research Group joins together psychologists, neuroscientists and comparative developmental psychologists.Find out about the group
Drugs and Addictive Behaviour Research Group
The Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group has grown out of a long tradition of work on the neuropsychological effects of recreational drugs.Find out more about our work
Mental Health and Social Change
The Mental Health & Social Change Group shares a commitment to psychological research and practice that is done with, not to, people and communities.Read more
Psychosocial Studies research group
Psychosocial Studies is a field of academic research that has existed at UEL since 1985.Read more
Royal Docks School of Business & Law
Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise (CIME)
The Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise (CIME) develops interdisciplinary research, relevant teaching, and practitioner engagement.Read further on the CIME and its research
Centre for the study of States, Markets and People (STAMP)
STAMP hosts visiting fellows, PhD students, runs advanced research seminars and workshops and houses the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.Read more information on STAMP
Noon Centre at UEL
Since its inception in 2012 the Centre has pursued the strategic goal of supporting and developing students from diverse backgrounds.Discover the Noon Centre and its goals and visions for students
We have recently completed our REF 2021 submission, submitting 238 staff to 13 Units of Assessment.
92% of UEL's overall research was recognised as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (REF 2021).
Institute for Connected Communities (ICC)
The Institute for Connected Communities (ICC) focuses on connected offline and online communities exploring contemporary issues including harms, cybercrime, safety, security, health and wellbeing. The ICC incorporates the former Institute of Health and Human Development and the Online Harms and Cybercrime Unit.Find out about the ICC
The University provides a comprehensive support structure for research and knowledge exchange through the Office for Postgraduates, Research and Engagement. This team provides support for public and community engagement, research ethics, integrity and compliance, the development and monitoring of bids for research funding and research excellence.
This professional services team works in tandem with a network of roles within our academic schools: our Directors of Impact and Innovation, REF Unit of Assessment Coordinators and annual review panel members as part of a wider impact and engagement eco-system incorporating our institutes, centres and groups.
Making an Impact
Our research is central to achieving our Vision 2028 goals, specifically to increase the economic, social and cultural impact (reach and value) of our activities to the communities we serve.
From influencing policy related to online harms, to conserving UK peatlands and helping young people with disabilities live more independent lives - UEL research achieves positive social change.
Many of our academics are key members of influential policy working groups including government, business and the not-for-profit sector. We are committed not only to sharing the impact of our research with our communities and the wider public but to engaging people in the whole research process from listening and responding, to co-creation, implementing interventions/solutions and measuring impact.
At UEL, we believe in working with communities to co-create futures. This kind of engagement means we can help shape policy and practice to bring real improvements to people's lives.
Located across three campuses in East London, close to the Olympic Park and the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, UEL provides outstanding facilities and campuses that are connected to our communities. With a genuine focus on public and community engagement, studying at UEL will give you the chance to develop projects with real social significance.
Latest published research
Royal Institute of British Architects 2021. International Conservation Case Studies . Royal Institute of British Architects.
Royal Institute of British Architects 2021. Sustainable Past, Sustainable Future: Guide. Royal Institute of British Architects.
Bond, F. W., Flaxman, P. E. and Lloyd, J. 2016. Mindfulness and meditation in the workplace: An acceptance and commitment therapy approach. in: West, M. A. (ed.) The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice Oxford University Press. pp. 241-258