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.

Future flood prevention

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published its Second Report of Session 2016-17 on future flood prevention. 

Smart prepayment and fuel poverty

By Editor on 26th October 2016

A new report, written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy for Eaga Charitable Trust and Citizen’s Advice, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of the growing use of smart prepayment (PPM) meters on fuel poverty, in particular amongst households already using conventional PPMs, a group that historically has been poorly served by the energy market. 

Next Steps for UK Heat Policy

By Editor on 26th October 2016

With heating and hot water for UK buildings accounting for around 40 per cent of our energy consumption and 20 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions, there is a need to largely eliminate these emissions by around 2050 in order to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and maintain the UK contribution to international action under the Paris Agreement. 

The aim of the three-year cycle BOOM project, funded by the EPSRC under the UK Research Council’s Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme, was to develop a better understanding of how the design of the built environment and technology shapes engagement with, and experience of cycling as people get older and how this affects their independent mobility, health and wellbeing.

CUSP has launched its Working Paper Series with two publications from Tim Jackson et al.

A new Green Alliance policy insight reviews the electricity system in the UK, which is currently sustained by the exact correspondence of electricity demand and electricity supply. 

CPRE’s sixth paper in its Housing Foresight Series develops the idea of Public Transport Oriented Development – an approach that seeks to integrate land use and transport planning in a sustainable manner.  Effective coordination across many authorities can result in better access to, and take-up of, public transport through the development of high density residential areas close to stations/commuter belts. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the pressures which agriculture is under – to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. 

A new report by a research team at Cardiff University presents the results of an ESRC-funded project which examined the behavioural and attitudinal impacts of the English plastic bag charge, introduced in October 2015.

Two new reports investigate ‘smart-eco’ policy trends in the UK and the Netherlands, including case studies of 10 UK cities and four Dutch ones.

The concept of the ‘smart-eco’ city reflects what is often a large overlap between the newer ‘smart’ agenda (usually focusing on areas such as ICT, urban infrastructure and governance) and the existing sustainability agenda (covering areas such as energy, waste management and mobility as well as economic development).

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