Our research

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

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Basking shark satellite tracking

Tracking the movements of basking sharks to help conserve their populations and maintain healthy marine ecosystems.

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Biomining mine waste material

Using bacteria both to create value from recovered metals and to help clean up areas blighted by mining wastes.

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Bumblebee population success

Understanding the decline of key pollinators, and trying to predict their distribution and survival in agricultural landscapes.

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Caught in the act of protest

Creating an international, inter-university network of research teams to examine the dynamics of collective action and protest.

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Impacts of climate change on flora

Examining the effects of long-term environmental changes on the rare plants found on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

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Emerging epidemic disease

Discovering epidemic disease’s impacts on amphibians’ mating behaviour, genetic structure, and at the genomic level.

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Fragments, functions and flows

Examining interactions between urban dwellers and the natural world, to reduce urban systems’ demands on the environment.

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Magpie Mapper - tracking birds digitally

Harnessing the power of both GPS satellite technology and people’s love of bird life: popular science in action.

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National Centre for Statistical Ecology

Using the best expertise to provide national and international decision-makers with the richest, most detailed and reliable data available.

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Sustainable poverty alleviation

Providing new insights into how managing ecosystems and improving sustainable resource use can benefit the coastal poor.

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SUNTRAP SUPERGEN Challenge

Reducing the cost of electrical and thermal solar energy generation, in order to make it more widely and abundantly available.

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Environmental Arts and Humanities

A Centre for the shared investigation of the complex relationship between the environment and the imagination.

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The Creative Exchange Programme

Facilitating collaboration between creative practitioners and ESI researchers with shared interests in environment and sustainability.

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You, me and our resilience

Facilitating cross-cultural learning on the sources of resilience among communities affected by extreme weather events.