Research and Resources

Explore sustainability-related research and resources here, including recently released reports, journal articles, online tools and databases. Use the left sidebar to filter resources by theme.

New research, by Newcastle University, UK, has for the first time analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for all European cities using all climate models.

Published in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters, the study shows:

Solid Wall Insulation: Best Practice and Innovation

By Robert Lyons on 21st February 2018

This report for BEIS by Cambridge Architectural Research's and UCL compares the features of eight materials for solid wall insulation that are currently available on the market, and considers new methods for insulating walls that could increase take-up of wall insulation in future.

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Energy Poverty Research

By Robert Lyons on 21st February 2018

The Energy Poverty Research initiative was founded in 2017 as a step towards establishing a Scottish cross-sector centre for excellence in energy poverty research. As academics and practitioners we share the view that in an energy rich nation it is not acceptable that such a large proportion of households suffer daily the deleterious effects of energy rationing, or that they are forced to manage debts just to maintain a reasonable modern standard of living.

The feed behind our food

By Robert Lyons on 12th February 2018

The Protein Challenge 2040 new report sets out why retailers and food service businesses should act on sustainability in animal feed, focusing on food security, changing public attitudes and the potential business opportunities.

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This new book by Bill Scott (University of Bath) and Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire) comprises 55 brief chapters that identify the main sustainability issues and challenges we now face, explain the ideas that underpin them and their inter-connection, and discuss a range of strategies through which they might be addressed and possibly resolved.

Taking stock: progress in natural capital accounting

By Robert Lyons on 13th December 2017

This In-Depth Report for the EU's Science for Environmental Policy service presents an overview of ideas, debates and progress so far in natural capital accounting, in particular in accounting for ecosystems and their services.

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Plastic bag fee encourages support for other charges

By Robert Lyons on 13th December 2017

Support for the plastic bag charge has 'spilled over' into increased support for other charges to reduce waste, say researchers at Cardiff University, including rising supports for an additional 5p charge on plastic water bottles and products with excess packaging.

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Three Brexit governance gaps no one is talking about

By Robert Lyons on 13th December 2017

This article for Green Alliance by the co-chairs of the ESRC funded Brexit & Environment network notes that while there has been much focus on implementation of a Brexit agreement, three areas are cause for concern after the UK leaves the EU: new policy-making, long-term direction and evaluation.

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The Alliance for Useful Evidence is delighted to publish the translation of the recent French scoping of evidence intermediaries by Agence nouvelle des solidarités actives and partners: 'British What Works Centres: what lessons for evidence-based policy in France?'

This new report from IPPR notes that the British economy is at a critical juncture. Its future success depends on overcoming two major, interrelated problems – long-term structural weaknesses in investment, productivity and trade, and the need to decarbonise. The report examines how the north of England can meet these challenges.

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