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.

Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research. The study is one of two new studies on air pollution and health led by scientists from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Healthopens in new window at Imperial College London and King's College London.

A new textiles economy: redesigning fashion’s future

By Robert Lyons on 29th November 2017

This new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation outlines a vision and sets out ambitions and actions – based on the principles of a circular economy – to design out negative impacts and capture a $500 billion economic opportunity by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold, and used.

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World Energy Outlook 2017

By Robert Lyons on 29th November 2017

The International Energy Agency's annual report notes four large-scale shifts in the global energy system: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States.

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This report, authored by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food shows how food systems affect health through multiple, interconnected pathways, generating severe human and economic costs – and points to levers that can help to address the critical health issues and compounding factors that contribute to poor health, such as climate change, poverty and inequality, and unsanitary conditions.

This research maps energy initiatives across all UK Local Authorities for the first time, revealing considerable regional and national variation in activity. The research also examines a sample of energy projects in depth from 40 local authorities and compares local authority engagement in Britain and Europe. More...

Do We Need Economic Growth?

By Robert Lyons on 29th November 2017

This BBC World Service Newshour Extra programme features Tim Jackson from the Centre for Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey, Daniel Ben Ami, author of Ferraris for All: In defence of Economic Progress, Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to President Barack Obama, and Annie Quick of the New Economics Foundation discussing who really benefits from growth and whether we can have prosperity without it.

This report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy commissioned by Historic England presents the findings of a research project carried out to understand better the areas of convergence and conflict between current legislation, policy and guidance. A further aim of the project has been to suggest ways in which Local Authorities might increase understanding between departments and stakeholders, and develop more integrated and better-informed approaches to policy and decision-making.

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?

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