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.

Following a fruitful meeting between the SDRN, the Royal Academy of Engineers and Defra, a high-level workshop is being organised for November 2009 to explore ways in which engineers and engineering can be made more central to sustainable development policy, research and delivery.

The workshop will bring together senior policy-makers, engineers and science manager/advisors in government in Defra and beyond to discuss and explore:

Presentations from the recent TRL Workshop 'The Impact of Non-transport Policies on Transport' are now available to download. The workshop was well-received by all delegates and speakers, and highlighted some interesting research and policy challenges to be addressed and explored further. The key findings will be outlined in the workshop report, to be published in the new year.

Download the speaker presentations:

New SDRN report on sustainability appraisal in spatial planning published

A new SDRN report published today has identified a number of key issues currently facing the practice of Sustainability Appraisal (SA) within the spatial planning process.

This workshop was held on 7th December 2007 to assist DfT and Defra in developing policies to deal with climate change adaptation and transport. The workshop aimed to facilitate stakeholder discussion in response to four key issues:

SDRN are currently working with Bath University’s Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS) to produce a Rapid Research Review on Sustainable Business and Procurement. This review aims to provide improved understanding of successful businesses and their approaches to procurement, and to consider their relevance to the debate on sustainable public procurement.

The review will explore three key questions:

New SDRN focus: research into practice

By SDRN on 14th May 2007

Research into practice is a new workstream for SDRN. It comprises joint programmes of work led by four expert organisations in areas central to the delivery of sustainable development – transport, business resource efficiency, spatial planning and development and engineering. The workstream is intended to give SDRN a broader regional reach and promote greater interaction with businesses than it has had in the past.