Archive for 'Research'

Action based research for sustainable living »

Defra is working on a programme of Action Based Research projects, using a combination of research, participation and action to tackle particular policy problems and provide valuable case studies of innovative models for sustainable business.

Green infrastructure as a catalyst for economic growth »

A report commissioned by Defra and Natural England assesses the extent to which green infrastructure acts as a catalyst for economic growth through consideration of logic chains and case studies.

Research round-up: testing indicators, decoupling resources and growth, community networks, warming risks »

Testing indicators of sustainable development, decoupling resource use and economic growth, reducing energy consumption through community knowledge networks, risks and opportunities of alternative options on global warming.

SPLiCE: Sustainable Pathways to Low Carbon Energy »

The SPLiCE research programme will explore the sustainability of different mixes of energy supply and demand options needed to deliver greenhouse gas emissions targets, looking at the impacts of different energy options.

Discerning diners »

New research for the Sustainable Restaurant Association finds that diners are prepared to pay more for sustainable meals and now care more about the nutritional value of meals and the sustainable practices of restaurants.

The Future of Food: Food Security – Science, Farming & the Community »

27 September 2013, Aldeburgh. The 2013 Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Conference will explore approaches to food security, from scientific research, through sustainable intensification of farming, to community action.

Moving beyond the individual to influence behaviour »

A new user guide provides an introduction to the Individual, Social and Material approach to behaviour change for policy makers and practitioners whose work ultimately aims at engaging people and influencing their behaviours.

Would you be happier living in a greener urban area? »

Research from Exeter University explores the relationship between living in greener urban areas and personal wellbeing, and further examines the connections between urban planning and psychological health.

Energy round-up: system change; efficient transport; market reform; North Sea »

The SDRN highlights recent publications and research on energy: popular support for system change; transforming cities through efficient urban transport; electricity market reform; an energy efficient North Sea region.

National Adaptation Programme research round-up »

Research commissioned by Defra to inform development of the National Adaptation Programme, looking at the economics of adaptation and resilience, international threats and opportunities, and other issues.