Areas of expertise
Our research aims to make a difference to the world
Collaborative, multi-disciplinary and always relevant, our work seeks answers to big questions shaping the future of the planet and society.
We're already making an impact with several recent major breakthroughs – from the discovery of a new mutant enzyme that could help defeat plastic pollution, to pioneering work exploring the mysteries of the earliest moments of the Universe.
Browse our areas of expertise below and learn more about our research, our publication highlights and our research projects.
We're researching reducing poverty, tackling gender and ethnic inequality and shielding the most vulnerable from the devastation caused by disasters and civil turmoil.
Take part in our exploration of the best tools for communities that are evolving fast, & reliant on technology such as computers & smart phones. Learn more about digital design & new technologies research with us, today.
We're working to eradicate the stigma, bias, labels & misconceptions around mental illness and to shape the policies & practices used to help vulnerable children.
We're investigating how texts are interpreted in different ways in different contexts & how reading critically is significant to how we think about the world and our place within it.
We're exploring the role of musical creativity across different forms, including musical theatre, western classic music, electroacoustic music, audio software programming & instrument design.
We're exploring how fossil records can help us understand past climates & environments and using this knowledge to effectively predict & model climate change and its impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.
We're helping to make a positive impact on patients' and users' lives by studying the experiences, challenges and needs of under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups in society.
We're using photographic art practice as an investigative tool, to look into the medium of photography & how photographic practices can be formative to individual subjectivity and modernity.
Discover how research into Human Performance from the University of Portsmouth is helping to evaluate and enhance performance, for sport, exercise, work and health.
We're working to foster citizen engagement in politics, improve the effectiveness & responsiveness of public institutions as well as the educational experience of students.
We're developing new technologies using quantum information including applications for high-precision measurements, exponential computational speed-up, & secure communication.
In this area of research expertise, we're identifying the economic, social & legal factors influencing the preservation & sustainability of aquatic ecosystems & natural resources.
We're investigating the nature of the current Russian political system, how Russia sees itself on the world stage & problems in relations with the EU to understand current difficulties in relation to Russia.
In this area of research expertise, we're exploring ways for people, businesses, communities & systems in a city to adapt to global challenges including environmental degradation. Explore our sustainable urbanism research.
We're researching how people learn languages (particularly English) & how classroom practices as well as learner & practitioner beliefs affect how people learn.
We're investigating ways to engage students in the learning journey to promote their success & contribute to the literature on sustainable graduate employability.
Research themes, centres and culture
Find out more about research at the University of Portsmouth.
We prioritise research that tackles key current issues, which we've grouped into 5 interconnected themes.
From enzyme innovation to observing the cosmos, discover where our research takes place.