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.

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).

This implementation guide from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, describes how organisations can effectively measure and monitor their use of energy, water and raw materials, in order to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to reduce resource use, improve environmental performance and save money.  It provides a clear five-step guide:

Electric vehicles in Europe

By Editor on 28th September 2016

A new report from the European Environment Agency provides a non-technical summary of electric road vehicles in Europe, including those with hybrid technologies.

The report summarises developments on the path to a more sustainable transport system, explains how electric vehicles work and describes the different types of vehicles on the market, outlining their respective advantages and disadvantages. The report looks at measures that promote electric vehicle use and identifies the main barriers restricting their broader use.  

Researchers from Lancaster University and Save the Children have produced a new report on a study exploring children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods, in which they worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience.  

They found a number of factors which impacted on children’s wellbeing, including:

State of the UK’s Public Parks 2016

By Editor on 14th September 2016

This second report on the UK’s Public Parks, published by the Heritage Lottery Fund, highlights the continuing downward trend in the condition of parks over the past two years and the danger that many parks and green spaces may fall back to a state of decline and neglect as a result of pressure on public finances.

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