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.

Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration

By Robert Lyons on 21st March 2018

This World Bank report focuses on three regions - Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America - that together represent 55 per cent of the developing world’s population and finds that climate change will push tens of millions of people to migrate within their countries by 2050. It projects that without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.

This new report demonstrates how nature‐based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means of moving beyond business‐as‐usual to address many of the world’s water challenges while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development.


Foresight Future of the Sea

By Robert Lyons on 21st March 2018

This new report from UK chief scientific officer includes, among other things, an examination of potential environmental changes that may directly and indirectly affect the UK, including ocean warming, sea-level rise, biodiversity, and chemical and plastic pollution.


Researchers found that the kerbside system was less favourable economically and environmentally due to more packaging and more fuel consumption per tonne of waste, compared to a system where recyclable materials are deposited by residents in large containers. But the researchers suggest that measures such as re-usable boxes and efficient collection routes could help to mitigate the impact of kerbside collection.

This article explains the technological changes behind the three-fold increase in global crop production between 1961 and 2014 - that is, since the Green Revolution. It examines the 58 countries that are responsible for 95 per cent of food production and assesses the impacts of changes in land use, inputs and efficiency. 

The economic value of our green spaces

By Robert Lyons on 19th March 2018

A new report by the Land Trust argues that well-maintained and well-managed green spaces change lives for the better, but only with long-term funding in place. 

Currently, the report argues, investment in restoring derelict land or transforming land into green space is perceived as having no economic value. Land Trust research, however, suggests this view is wrong and that there are positive economic benefits for all.

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.


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.