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Research collaborations with London


Through our research collaborations and partnerships with London's businesses, organisations and agencies we work across disciplines to help London address its challenges and opportunities. 

Research is core to King’s: what we do, what we care about and how we educate. It is how we channel our creativity to further knowledge and understanding, challenge convention and create impact. Across a broad range of disciplines King’s is delivering a distinctive and thriving research portfolio and the university is recognised, in a number of key areas, as the world-leader.

Through collaborations with other universities and with London’s businesses, agencies, institutions, policy makers and practitioners, we ensure that our research is informed by London and that it delivers benefits to the capital and the communities around us.  

Our ambition is to make the world a better place by generating high-quality and high-impact research that, through interdisciplinary collaborations across and beyond King’s, can be readily turned into new solutions for the many and diverse challenges faced in London, across the country and around the globe.

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King's Health Partners is an Academic Health Science Centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. 


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The app is the driver in an interactive project exploring how different aspects of the urban environment affect mental wellbeing.


King's College London is a founding member of The Crick, a collaborative London-based national institute for biomedical research.


Other collaborations

Air quality improvement initiatives in other cities: a brief review of evidence to inform Westminster City Council Air Quality Task Force

Levels of pollutants in London’s air regularly exceed advised and even legal limits, with growing evidence of links to a range of health problems, particularly for vulnerable groups such as babies, children and the elderly. We are working with Westminster City Council and Professor Frank Kelly, Director of the Environmental Research Group at King’s, to review the available evidence on interventions to address air pollution.

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Barking and Dagenham Migration Project

Barking and Dagenham has experienced some of the most rapid demographic changes in the whole of the UK. Our aim is to better understand residents’ experiences of diversity and change, and their attitudes to their local community, and to root this in a wider evidence base on building tolerance and inclusion.

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British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence

The King's BHF Centre brings together a unique range of internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from the Cardiovascular DivisionRandall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering who are focused on basic and applied work that leads to advances in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart diseases.

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Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

The Centre for Developmental Neurobiology aims to understand the mechanisms that control brain development and how deviations from the normal plan lead to disease. The Centre has a team of over 190 researchers and support staff and is part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

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Centre for London - Commission on the Future of London's Roads and Streets

Using the support of King's College London, Centre for London is convening an independent, expert commission to examine how London can best manage the conflicting pressures on its roads and streets, and tackle problems of congestion, pollution, affordability and road safety besetting London’s surface transport system.

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Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation

The Cicely Saunders Institute is the first purpose built institute for research into palliative care. We offer palliative care courses and other resources relevant to palliative care.

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Computational Collaborative Project CCP PET-MR

This EPSRC-funded collaborative computational project (CCP) aims to bring together the best of the UK's PET and MR image reconstruction expertise to capitalise on this unique opportunity.

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging

King's College London and Imperial College London, two world leading research-focused universities, collaborate to create an interdisciplinary training approach specifically designed to provide a unique PhD program in Medical Imaging, specifically designed to meet the challenges in healthcare and medical imaging.

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems (CANES)

The mission of CANES is to train future research leaders in the understanding, control and design of systems far from equilibrium, based on rigorous training in theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis, and a breadth of awareness of common themes across disciplines.

Additionally, CANES will also function as a UK Centre of Excellence for the research and research user community, and a national and international hub in the area of non-equilibrium systems.

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Georgian Papers Programme

On April 1, 2015 the Georgian Papers Programme was launched at Windsor Castle in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. A collaboration between King’s College London and the Royal Collection Trust, the programme aims to digitize, disseminate, and interpret an extraordinarily rich collection of materials, including correspondence, maps, and royal household ledgers.

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Get Creative Integrated Research Project

Get Creative is a year-long campaign to celebrate and promote creativity of all kinds across the UK. The campaign is led by the BBC and What next? in collaboration with 64 Million Artists, Culture24, Get Creative Family Arts Festival, Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts, and a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations across the UK.

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Healthcare Technology Co-operatives Partnership Medical Image Analysis Network (MedIAN)

The Medical Image Analysis Network (MedIAN) is one of eight Networks set up in 2014 to identify and develop Engineering and Physical Sciences solutions to unmet important clinical needs identified by the eight NIHR Healthcare Technology Cooperatives (HTCs).

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The project, led by Professor Reza Razavi and Professor Jo Hajnal encompasses a multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, robotics experts, imaging specialists, computing specialists and clinicians. The Award has been granted to Kings College London, along with colleagues at St Thomas’ Hospital, Imperial College London, the University of Firenze (Florence, Italy), the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada) and Philips Healthcare.

We will use state of the art techniques in ultrasound, MRI, robotics and computing to create a multi-probe system for automated ultrasound imaging.

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King's Commission on London

The King’s Commission on London will focus on the future challenges and issues facing London and possible solutions.

The project will run for two years and will focus on a whole range of economic, social, cultural and governmental challenges facing London in the next 10-15 years.

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King's Health Partners

King's Health Partners is an Academic Health Science Centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients.

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Opened in late 2009, by King’s College London Dental Institute in partnership with the NHS London Deanery, the £2.4 m high-specification centre is dedicated to the task of training healthcare professionals, driving clinical standards and improving clinical leadership via unrivalled opportunities for continuous personal and professional development.

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London Age-Friendly Cities

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy contributed to the London Age-friendly Cities research project as one of 33 projects in the World Health Organization’s global initiative.

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London Air Quality Network

The Medical Research Council (MRC)-Public Health England (PHE) Centre for Environment and Health is a leading centre for research on air quality and health. The Centre at King’s, led by Professor Frank Kelly, manages the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) which was established in 1993.

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London Arts and Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) brings together three leading UK Research Organisations: Kings College, London (King’s), the School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS) and University College London (UCL).

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London Youth, Religion, and Politics

London Youth, Religion, and Politics focuses on young adults of immigrant parents in two inner-city London areas: the East End and Brixton. It paints vivid portraits of dozens of young men and women met at local cafes, on park benches, and in council estate stairwells, and provides reason for a measured hope.

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MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners.

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MRC Asthma UK Centre

The Centre was formed in October 2005 as a partnership between the MRC, Asthma UK, Imperial College and King's College London, as well the NHS Trusts of the two universities. This collaborative work provides a wealth of experience in researching asthma in the primary care community and access to a network of General Practices and their patients in the East End of London.

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MRC Centre for Transplantation

The Centre's main aim is to bring the benefits of excellent research to people by translating basic discovery into new therapeutic, diagnostic and prognostic applications.

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MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre

The MRC SGDP Centre’s mission is to undertake research on the impact and interplay between genetic, environmental and developmental factors, and their roles in the causal processes underlying the origins and course of multifactorial mental disorders; to consider the implications for clinical practice and public health policy; and to train others in the methodologies involved.

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MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health brings together a number of leading research groups from some of London’s top universities, related to the diverse fields of environment and health. We aim to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research, and develop the research leaders of the future.

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Music in London 1800-1851

Music in London 1800-1851 is a five-year research project (2013- 2018) funded by the European Research Council, based in the Music Department at King’s College London, aimed at rewriting the history of music in early nineteenth-century London, emphasising the city’s unique position in European musical culture.

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On blackness, cinema and the moving image: A Kings College London symposium

In collaboration with the BFI, King's College London held a symposium serving to trace the historical evolution of the black movie star, examine blackness in visual culture and its aesthetics, and delve into the politics of black stardom, including methods of black resistance.

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The role of culture in Business Improvement Districts

Arts Council England and the Mayor of London have commissioned King’s to undertake a review of how important arts and culture are in the work of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). The research takes the form of a series of case studies from around the country.

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The Cultural Value Scoping Project

The Arts & Humanities Research Council, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, King’s College London and Arts Council England, building on the recommendations from the AHRC Cultural Value Project’s report, have come together to undertake a scoping project to explore how research, evaluation, evidence-building and analysis into cultural value might best be supported in the future.

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Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, together creating a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare.

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SmartHeart: Next-generation cardiovascular healthcare

The SmartHeart project is a Programme Grant funded as part of EPSRC’s recent healthcare technologies initiative to develop new technologies to address the health issues of an aging UK population. Specifically, the SmartHeart project aims to improve the range of applications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosis of cardiovascular disease through machine learning. The SmartHeart is led by Professor Daniel Rueckert and will be delivered through a close collaboration of academics and researchers from Imperial, KCL, Oxford and QMUL as well as partners from industry.

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Strandlines Digital Community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

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Stroke Odysseys

Led by Rosetta Life (Chris Rawlence) and composer Orlando Gough, this will evolve through a series of creative workshops for stakeholders in stroke, including patients, carers, stroke clinicians, musicians, dancers and other health professionals culminating in a second series of public performances at King's College London and other public London venues.

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Thomas Young Centre

The Thomas Young Centre (TYC) is a dynamic and interdisciplinary alliance of London researchers which operates at the forefront of science to address the challenges of society and industry through the theory and simulation of materials, or materials modelling.

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Traffic in London

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is leading on this collaborative reseach project aiming to better understand the health problems caused by air pollution and noise from traffic in London.

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Twins UK

Twins UK is the largest UK adult twin registry, featuring 12,000 sets of twins used to study the genetic and environmental aetiology of age related complex traits and diseases.

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Understanding the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in London

The project, commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London , estimates, for the first time, the mortality burden of long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in London, as well as providing a new mortality burden estimate for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

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Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia

This unique book invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of eighteenth-century London in an unusual way. Nine leading experts from the fields of literature, history, classics, gender, biography, geography, and costume, offer different interpretations of John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716).

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