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Coventry University Research


As an ambitious and innovative university, Coventry’s research makes a tangible difference to the way we live and is already known for making a significant contribution to a number of global challenges. Find out about our extensive research and its impact on global issues.

We undertake research across 13 centres, focused around five key themes:

Building on a rich automotive history, reputation for enterprise and innovation, and commitment to people and communities - Coventry University is at the forefront of developments from green vehicle technology to dance and literacy.

Our research spans the globe, from playing a part in preserving one of the world’s most important natural phenomenon the Great Barrier Reef and improving the safety of driverless cars around the world. Closer to home in the UK, our work aims to help to transform how paramedics treat stroke victims, potentially saving lives. And on our doorstep in Coventry, the Age Friendly City and Mi-Friendly Cities projects have been helping older people in the community and supporting the integration of migrants and refugees.

Richard Dashwood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Microcab Intelligent products and processes

Innovative hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been designed and built in Coventry and are already being shortlisted for transport design awards. Developed by the university’s spin-out company Microcab which sits as part of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, vehicles are powered using reverse electrolysis where hydrogen and oxygen meet to create electricity and drive the motors. Water is the car’s only emission and they can be repowered with hydrogen in a matter of minutes.


A life without oil


MEDMIG Sustainability and Resilience

Researchers from Coventry helped shed light on the dynamics of Europe's migration crisis as part of the first large-scale study of the backgrounds, experiences, aspirations and routes of refugees and migrants.

building with art

The Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG) project team interviewed 500 people who crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 to find out their reasons for leaving and their hopes for the future. In 2017, the Guardian newspaper shortlisted the research team for their prestigious research impact accolade in recognition of their work on the migration project


Unravelling the migration crisis

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While we’re seeing increasing recognition by some world leaders of the need to increase cooperation and share responsibility, there remains a desperate need to put aside the politics that often plague debate on these issues and focus on people’s rights.

Professor Heaven Crawley

WhoLoDancE Creative Cultures

The WhoLoDancE project uses breakthrough technologies including advanced motion capture systems and life-size holograms to transform dance learning and choreography and widen access to dance. Researchers in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) are part of a team working to develop a life-size graphic display that enables a dancer to move with an avatar - effectively letting them step inside their own projection or another dancer’s body. 



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FGM Safety and Security

Petals - A new App to tackle FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected over 125 million girls and women around the world, and researchers from Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations developed a free web app, Petals, to help young people understand what FGM is, why it happens, and – perhaps most importantly – where to find help and support if they are affected by it. A second app for professionals is aimed at nurses, teachers, social workers and police officers to help them understand their responsibilities in protecting young people. 


A new APP to tackle FGM

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