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The University carries out research with the emphasis on social, professional and scientific engagement with sustainability. Our expertise spans sustainability in education systems, leadership and policy, wellbeing, design, environment, heritage and conservation.

We encourage sustainability-focused research in all our research priority themes and explore inter-disciplinary and inter-professional sustainability research agendas in collaboration with partners.

Our Education for Sustainability principles also apply to our research, creating approaches that improve the relevance and impact of research, using participatory, multi-disciplinary and applied research methods.

Locally grounded, globally relevant research

The University’s Countryside and Community Research Institute has wide-ranging research linked to rural economy and policy, sustainable environments and local resilience, agriculture, food and land use, heritage and landscape, within the UK, Europe and internationally.

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Research and development on sustainability in education

We have attracted over £1.5m funding for Education for Sustainability research and development projects, supported by Marie Curie, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the European Commission, the Higher Education Academy and UNESCO.

Read some of the publications from these projects:

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