Research with a global reach
UEA research makes a real-world impact: 91 per cent of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).
We’re also in the UK top 20 for research quality* and our research is 16th for impact and the sixth most highly cited in the UK*.
UEA is a globally significant centre of research, driving change around the world. We bring fresh thinking to the major challenges facing society, helping to create a better future.
*Times Higher Education REF2021 Analysis
Latest research news
The breakthrough that could lead to new obesity treatments
Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge have made an important discovery in the race to find treatments for obesity and...
4,000-year-old plague DNA found – the oldest cases to date in Britain
A researcher from the University of East Anglia has helped find the oldest case of the plague in Britain.
Heavy drinkers risk muscle loss, new study finds
Heavy drinkers could be putting themselves at risk of muscle loss and frailty in later life, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
Identifying the gut bacteria that threaten neonatal babies
Researchers from the Quadram Institute and University of East Anglia have identified what makes some strains of gut bacteria life-threatening in pre-term babies.
Governments, businesses, organisations and individuals rely on our research to help them understand and interpret the world.
- informs global and national policy
- changes behaviour, and
- drives economic growth.
UEA research does not happen in isolation, but in collaboration with local, national and international academic and industry partners.
Our civic leadership is rooted in the needs of local communities and drives our responsibility to grow economic and social wellbeing to serve the needs of our region.
We are a leading member of Norwich Research Park – one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science – and a founding member of the Aurora network of European universities.
While UEA boasts world-leading research from the arts and sciences to social sciences and health, we have an enduring culture of working beyond subject and geographical boundaries.
Our strategic research themes, ClimateUEA and CreativeUEA, bring together academics from across disciplines to explore new ideas, develop new research projects and work on solutions to key challenges. We think without borders.
Bring your research to life
UEA is an excellent place to further your academic studies.
We are a dual-intensive university, with an inspiring and engaging research community. You’ll benefit from our partnerships with leading institutions across the Norwich Research Park and beyond. We offer a range of PhD opportunities, research studentships and professional doctorates.
Explore our postgraduate opportunities
Our strategic research themes
We’ve developed strategic research themes that highlight the interdisciplinary approach we take to understanding the world around us and solving some of our greatest challenges.
ClimateUEA tells our collective climate story during this critical decade for our planet.
We've led the way in climate research for 50 years, with our Climatic Research Unit and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research both breaking new ground in understanding the global climate system and its impact on society.
Our world-leading experts tackle the unprecedented environmental and social challenges caused by climate change, and we collaborate and innovate to supply the vital research, solutions and insight needed to understand and minimise humankind’s impact on Earth’s climate and ecosystems.
CreativeUEA was born out of our belief that creativity is key to all academic research. It builds on UEA's longstanding history of creativity and innovation - across the arts, sciences, social sciences and enterprise - to explore new areas of interdisciplinary research, learning, action and outreach.
We collaborate with regional, national and international partners to explore the links between creativity, enterprise and innovation. We work to generate and develop innovative projects to create a better future for all.
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Life-changing work from UEA
How social recovery therapy is changing treatment for psychosis
Making Global Strides In Primary Care
Could this be the future of skincare?
How to mend a broken heart (with stem cells)
Taking The Earth's Temperature
Combating HIV through innovative medicine
Transforming the lives of children in state care
Transforming the global animal feed industry
Informing the EU administration
Protecting the ozone layer
A social justice framework for conservation
A greener Brexit
Building resilience through the arts
A 360-degree view of CO2