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.

This Eftec study for Defra provides initial physical and monetary estimates for a subset of ecosystem services at a scale that is commensurate with a reasonable level of robustness given the data and evidence available and offers recommendations for refining and further developing the initial UK urban natural capital account.

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This paper presents the findings of a food systems model that considers how specific agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture could be harnessed so as to enable it to play a greater role in sustainable food systems.

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This new paper by FCRN member Elin Röös , the FCRN’s Tara Garnett and colleagues explores the following questions: What would be the implications, for land use and greenhouse gas emissions, if our global population moved away from eating beef and other ruminant meats and switched mostly to chicken? What if we all went vegan? What if all our meat demand were met by artificial meat?

Clean Growth Strategy

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017

BEIS has launched the new strategy, which sets out our proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s. It explains how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change.

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Smart cities: towards a new citizenship regime?

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017

Smart city policies and discourses have been criticised for being too technology-oriented, with not enough focus on citizenship. This research article, published in the Journal of Urban Technology (open access), analyses the role of the citizen as propagated in the new smart city standards of the British Standards Institution (BSI). It finds that while there is a strong emphasis on citizens as actors in smart city initiatives, the way their role is envisioned carries some shortcomings and contradictions.

Interdisciplinary whole systems research has attracted increasing interest both in the UK and internationally as a response to complex societal challenges such as the sustainable energy transition. Yet, this article for Energy Research & Social Science argues, this  research is often poorly understood by funders, commissioners, assessors and the researchers involved, in terms of its particular aims and needs.

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An article looking at the findings from a new study commissioned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the environment is playing a vital role in tackling the problem of poor air quality and helping to protect people’s health and reduce spending on healthcare.

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Brexit&Environment network

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017

In 2016 the UK voted to leave the EU. But what does Brexit mean for the environment, agriculture and fisheries? Whatever type of Brexit is delivered there will be significant implications for policy, politics and governance in the UK. 

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. This article in Ecosystems Services traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered.

Trends in global CO2 and total greenhouse gas emissions

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017

This report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency finds that total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to increase in 2016, by about 0.5 per cent, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent.

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