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Most recent features

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Helping ecosystems by tackling taboos

Feature | 27 May 2015 | Academic, General public, International, Press/media, Schools

Focusing on purely 'win-win' scenarios in ecosystem management is tempting, but difficult trade-offs have to be negotiated, according to espa research.

Fighting poverty with forest protection

Feature | 08 July 2014 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on ecosystem services for poverty alleviation (espa) in the amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.

Ipcc report: "climate change is already happening"

Feature | 31 March 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

It’s the "most comprehensive assessment to date" of the impacts of climate change. Esrc-funded researchers have contributed to the latest report from un's intergovernmental panel on climate change (ipcc).

Growing the green economy

Feature | 03 March 2014 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

Economic growth in its current form is unsustainable, argues the bestseller prosperity without growth. Following publication, the book has brought a deeper understanding of the basis of prosperity to a wide range of international economic decision-ma ...

Wind power and the cost to your home

Feature | 17 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

New research into the impact of wind farms carried out by professor stephen gibbons at the esrc-funded spatial economics research centre is the first to demonstrate a link between wind farm visibility and house prices.

Making money grow on trees

Feature | 19 November 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The espa-funded mikoko pamoja carbon credit project aims to generate â£7,500 a year for villages in kenya's gazi bay - by preserving mangrove swamps and selling carbon credits to business.

Tackling poverty at ground level

Feature | 28 October 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Schools

The espa project alternative carbon investments in ecosystems for poverty alleviation (alter) brings together an international multi-disciplinary team of researchers to focus on soil degradation and its impact on poverty.

Home improvement - best time for energy efficiency

Feature | 18 October 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media

Homeowners planning to renovate their kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces are an untapped market for energy efficiency service providers, according to a new report from the esrc-funded uk energy research centre.

Public support for energy transformation

Feature | 16 July 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

There is widespread public support for a cleaner, fairer and more efficient production and provision of energy in the uk, according to research from the esrc-supported uk energy research centre.

Land management at the roll of a dice

Feature | 04 July 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Rufopoly, a board game exploring land use management, has proved an unexpected hit with students, planning professionals, policymakers and decision-makers.

Case studies

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Making car manufacturing sustainable

Case Study | 14 August 2014 | Business, General public, Press/media

Research into local, sustainable car manufacturing has led to the development of a new business model, adopted by manufacturing companies.

Rewriting global population forecasts

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media

In-depth research by dr stuart basten into asian fertility helped convince the united nations to revise its influential forecasts on future population trends, with particularly large effects for pacific asian economies.

Making school food sustainable

Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Research on the procurement of school food has inspired the reform of public policy at national and local levels in england, scotland and wales.

Worldwide response to welsh carrier bag levy

Case Study | 21 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

An academic survey of the carrier bag levy in wales has caused the welsh government to redraft its advice for businesses.

Putting a price on nature

Case Study | 15 August 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A methodology for assessing the economic value of freshwater and marine environmental systems has led to a more cost-benefit based approach to implementation of the eu water framework directive in the uk.

Low carbon technology to developing countries

Case Study | 15 July 2010 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Policy recommendations from the sussex energy group have shaped the uk government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the chilean and indian governments on technology transfer policies.

Environmental law website

Case Study | 15 October 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by esrc researchers at cardiff university, working in partnership with the uk environment law association.

Calculating carbon footprints

Case Study | 15 October 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop pas 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.

Waste management

Case Study | 26 March 2006 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research led by professor simin davoudi investigating how policy and political pressures are influencing current processes across england have been central to new government guidance on waste policy.

Press releases

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Infrastructure decisions now a matter of 'life and death'

Press Release | 28 October 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media

Carbon-neutral planning and design needs to be embedded in infrastructure decisions now if we are to achieve a low carbon economy within 30 years, claims keith clarke cbe. Mr clarke will make this claim in a debate to be held during the economic and ...

Hot in the city

Press Release | 22 July 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Urban design directly affects temperature, wind, rain and air quality - but most planners build cities without an awareness of the urban climate effects they are creating.

Uk cyclists take different paths

Press Release | 19 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media

Vast differences in cycling cultures have been found in uk cities; for some cycling is a traditional transport accessible to all while for others it is a new edgy, urban subculture according to recent findings from a research project funded by the ec ...

The first steps to understanding society

Press Release | 28 February 2011 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

The first findings from the world’s largest study of households are now published. With data on our working lives, relationships, health, finances and neighbourhoods the understanding society publication gives an early taste of the social landscape ...

Renewable energy needs more community power

Press Release | 10 September 2010 | General public, Press/media

The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the uk, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

Press Release | 12 March 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The winner of the 2010 economic and social research council (esrc) knowledge transfer partnership prize for the best application of social or management science has saved the bradford and airedale teaching primary care trust (pct) an estimated £350,0 ...

Saving peak district moorlands

Press Release | 05 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

Seventy-five per cent of the world's heather moorlands are in the uk. However, pollution, overgrazing and wild fires have damaged large areas. Several organisations in the peak district national park are trying to restore and conserve the moorland ha ...

School children could lead the way on sustainability

Press Release | 21 October 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Britain's children and young people are potential agents of change for the development of more sustainable communities in the uk, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council.


Most recent grants

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Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...

Households, retailers and food waste transitions

Dr David Evans | 31 December 2013

This research and knowledge exchange project will generate new perspectives on the causes and management of food waste. In order to explore the ways in which the challenge of food waste reduction is being framed, interpreted and responded to, 20 in-d ...

The food-energy-climate change trilemma: developing a neo-polanyian analysis

Professor Mark Harvey | Economic Sociology | 31 December 2013

The world is facing three unprecedented challenges: anthropogenic climate change the depletion of finite energy and material resources a growing population with increasing and changing demand for food. These three problems are deeply interconnected ...

Urban gateways: can global cities provide leadership for global governance?

Dr Michele Acuto | Internat. Studies & Relations | 02 December 2013

What does ‘city leadership’ entail in an increasingly networked global scenario? how do city leaders respond to global challenges and contribute to global governance? how are they influenced by city- to-city networking? how does city lead ...


Most recent outputs

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Barbara Harriss-White | 13 January 2015 | Area & Development Studies | End of Grant Report

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Nicola Dempsey | 13 January 2015 | Environmental Planning | End of Grant Report

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Joanne Cook | 30 September 2014 | Management & Business Studies | End of Grant Report

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Kiron Chatterjee | 30 September 2014 | Sociology | End of Grant Report

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Alex Nicholls | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report

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David Benson | 30 September 2014 | Environmental Planning | End of Grant Report

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Amandine Garde | 30 September 2014 | Socio Legal Studies | End of Grant Report

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