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We work across the supply chain with expertise in plant and animal health, conservation and biodiversity, pollinators, remote sensing, natural capital and the circular economy and supply chain efficiency, aquaculture and fisheries, environmental and agricultural economics, land management, and the bioeconomy.

Our specialists can work with you on:

  • Pioneering new approaches to plant, animal, and fisheries disease and welfare management
  • Sustainable business development and supply chain efficiency
  • Land resource and fisheries management
  • Impacts of human activity such as pollution, climate change and invasive species
  • Conservation, restoration and governance
  • Behavioural, population, community and evolutionary ecology
  • In partnership we’re engaged with £45million of regional impact, research and innovation projects driving skills development, clean growth and prosperity across the region.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Our researchers work with partners to provide solutions in ecology; biodiversity and conservation; agriculture; aquaculture and food security; policy; sustainability; development and circular economy; water; environmental risk and resilience; climate change; and environmental data and analytics.

Regional collaborations and partnerships

SWEEP- The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity. SWEEP brings academic experts, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the challenges involved in managing, utilising and improving the natural environment. Funded by Natural Environment Research Council’s Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme. 

Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures - In partnership with Cefas, The Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures (SAF) works with the global aquaculture sector, including farmers, industry organisations and other research institutions, to undertake interdisciplinary activity towards the development of sustainable aquaculture.

Land resource management - We work with Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) on a variety of sustainable agriculture projects, offering sector-specific knowledge and expertise to farmers and stakeholders across the agri-food sector.

International collaborations and partnerships

Bioeconomy Centre - We have a longstanding £20million collaboration with Shell in biofuels and carbon capture. Together we are exploring the potential for synthetic biology to provide the ‘platform technology’ to create new industrial processes and high value chemicals for the 21st Century.


Drone Lab - The DroneLab at our Penryn campus is a research group who offer a range of environmental surveying solutions using lightweight, open-source drone technology. 

Institutes and Centres

Environment and Sustainability Institute - The £30m Environment and Sustainability Institute is based on the University’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. The Institute has engaged with more than 500 businesses, delivering 228 collaborations.

Living Systems Institute - The Living Systems Institute pioneers new approaches to combat serious disease in plants, animals and humans. 

Global Systems Institute - The Global Systems Institute (GSI) is uniting a trans-disciplinary group of researchers, educators and partners to look beyond single ‘environmental’ issues to a truly systemic view of coupled global changes in the human, social and economic sphere and biosphere. 

Land Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP)The LEEP develops knowledge and understanding to inform governments, businesses and communities about how land and the environment are managed and used; the policies that affect this; the impact upon people and how policy should be better designed, appraised and evaluated.

European Centre for Environment and Human Health - The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) conducts world-class research into the complex links between human health and the environment.

Centre for Rural Policy Research - The Centre for Rural Policy Research is home to an inter-disciplinary team of social scientists focusing on all aspects of the rural economy and society.


Alexander Huke, Head of Environment and Clean Growth


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