The Knowledge Lab is an interdisciplinary collaboration encompassing experts from computer science, education, psychology, language, museum studies, cultural heritage, information systems and organisational psychology, pursuing research into the ways in which digital technologies and digital information are transforming how people learn, work and communicate. Based at Birkbeck’s Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, the Lab brings together world-leading researchers from a wide range of backgrounds to explore problems that cannot be tackled from the perspective of a single discipline alone. Our extensive links with other research centres and institutions create a lively setting for cross-disciplinary engagement and exchange. We offer an exciting environment in which to undertake collaborative interdisciplinary research, pursue a PhD, or study on our specialist Masters programmes. Our year-round programme of seminars and public lectures provides a focal point for shared enquiry and debate.

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education. It was founded in 1823 by Dr George Birkbeck and his supporters as the London Mechanics’ Institute, dedicated to the education of working people. Seven years later it took a further radical step by becoming one of the first colleges to admit women as students! In 1920 Birkbeck officially became part of the University of London. Its mission continues to be a dual one of conducting excellent research across the arts, sciences and social sciences; and providing higher education through flexible research-led courses to meet the needs of learners from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

Research at the Knowledge Lab aligns with Birkbeck’s unique and longstanding mission to empower learners from all backgrounds to participate fully in education and in work.