The Knowledge Lab is an interdisciplinary collaboration encompassing experts from computer science, education, psychology, language, museum studies, cultural heritage, information systems and organisational psychology.

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.