The complex problems of environmental change we face are so diverse and deep-seated that they require the collaborative, ground-breaking kind of approach we’re pioneering at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). This part of the site shows how we’re finding creative solutions to these problems through world-class, interdisciplinary research; under the four case studies below is a changing selection of some our current projects.
A different way of researching - four case studies
Tracking the movements of basking sharks to help conserve their populations and maintain healthy marine ecosystems.
Using bacteria both to create value from recovered metals and to help clean up areas blighted by mining wastes.
Understanding the decline of key pollinators, and trying to predict their distribution and survival in agricultural landscapes.
Creating an international, inter-university network of research teams to examine the dynamics of collective action and protest.
Examining the effects of long-term environmental changes on the rare plants found on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
Discovering epidemic disease’s impacts on amphibians’ mating behaviour, genetic structure, and at the genomic level.
Examining interactions between urban dwellers and the natural world, to reduce urban systems’ demands on the environment.
Harnessing the power of both GPS satellite technology and people’s love of bird life: popular science in action.
Using the best expertise to provide national and international decision-makers with the richest, most detailed and reliable data available.
Providing new insights into how managing ecosystems and improving sustainable resource use can benefit the coastal poor.
Reducing the cost of electrical and thermal solar energy generation, in order to make it more widely and abundantly available.
A Centre for the shared investigation of the complex relationship between the environment and the imagination.
Facilitating collaboration between creative practitioners and ESI researchers with shared interests in environment and sustainability.
Facilitating cross-cultural learning on the sources of resilience among communities affected by extreme weather events.
Monitoring to ensure large marine vertebrates co-exist with, and thrive alongside, marine renewables in our coastal seas.
Investigating political engagement: what motivates people to participate in politics, either via voting or protest?
What has been the impact of the neonicotinoid ban on farmer behaviour, crop yield and the presence of pollinators in fields?