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SAFERUP! Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The basis for the project will be to co-create the next generation of urban pavements whilst improving the environmental performance and minimising negative environmental impacts. CAWR research will monitor and evaluate the environmental risk from the use of novel paving materials. This will be done by taking samples of the materials and analysing them for organic and inorganic contaminants such as metals and oil residues. The project will feed back into design processes to make the drainage system connected to the pavements, as chemically sustainable as possible, maximising the opportunity to detain urban pollutants and increase the potential for bioremediation and in-situ clean up.


Governing Natural Resources for Food Sovereignty Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The objective of this preliminary research is to elaborate a 3-year participatory action research (PAR) project on the governance of natural resources for food sovereignty.


Plastic Litter Surveying on Coventry Canal Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

A survey of the Coventry canal to determine the extent and types of plastic pollution.


STARGATE Current Projects

Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems

Reducing the amount of instrument cabling on turbine engines is key to more efficient testing, and will enable reduced wiring weight and complexity on production engines in the future.


Post-Earthquake Structural Health Monitoring System (PE-SMS) Current Projects

Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems

This proposal aims to develop a Post-Earthquake Structural Health Monitoring System (PE-SMS). The PE-SMS will be an end-to-end proof of concept wireless sensor network for collection, communication and aggregation of structural health data.


PULP-SEED (Philippines UK coLlaborative Partnership-System for Environmental and Efficient Drying) Current Projects

Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems

PULP-SEED’s aim is to make use of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology to improve and streamline mango waste processing.


True - TRansition paths to sUstainable legume based systems in Europe Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

True project aims to identify the best routes, or “transition paths” to increase sustainable legume cultivation and consumption across Europe.


STAR Energy: Sustainable and Replicable Off-grid Renewable Energy System for Riverside Communities in the Amazon Current Projects

Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems

The aim of this institutional link is to design, implement and monitor a pilot low-carbon based energy solution with a sustainable business model to increase energy security, reduce environmental impact and improve economic and health indicators for one riverside community that can be scaled and replicated in other communities in the Amazon.


HOMED – Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Adopting a holistic and multi-actor approach, HOMED aims to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens threatening European forests.


Slavery Compensation and The Highland Clearances Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project investigates whether the revolution in land ownership was fuelled by compensation money received in 1834 by slaveowners for the loss of their 'property' when slavery was abolished in the British Empire.


Putting diversity back together Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Understand the processes that influence the success or failure of ecological restoration effort and make robust predictions at regional scales.


Dancing Bodies in Coventry Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Dancing Bodies in Coventry is a Coventry City of Culture 2021 funded project that is being led by researchers from Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). 


Helping Hands Project Current Projects

To design, deliver, and evaluate a home-school program of inclusion/early intervention for children with ADHD-like behaviours in Slovakia, Hungry, and Romania.


Evaluating people-environment trade-offs through low-tech intensification of livestock management in communal grazing systems in South Africa (Trade-offs in communal range land systems) Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The overall aim of this project is to evaluate trade-offs between novel range management practices (intensified planned grazing, corralling and removal of woody plants) so that production, ecosystem function and livelihood outcomes are enhanced in a way that is socially appropriate for 345 local people on 8 000 ha of communal range and crop lands in South Africa.


Beyond Ecosystem Services: Brokering Agrobiodiversity Management Enterprises in Europe and Internationally (EcoBroker) Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This Fellowship aims to explore innovative business models and learning approaches that will increase sustainable agro-biodiversity management and reconnect food chain players and civil society with agro-biodiversity values.


Agroecology for Food Sovereignty

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The project ‘Agroecology for Food Sovereignty’ brought together academic and grassroots organisations to conduct research, raise awareness and strengthen collaboration between social movements and researchers on agroecology and food sovereignty in Europe and beyond.


Democratising Agricultural Research in Europe (DARE) Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Democratising Agricultural Research in Europe, or D.A.R.E., is a project that brought together food producers, researchers and activists from Europe to share knowledge on participatory and transdisciplinary approaches to research in agriculture. The project focused specifically on agroecological initiatives in Europe, and explored how research can help to realise the potential of these approaches to enable sustainable and just food systems.


UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub

Migration between the countries of the Global South, otherwise known as South-South migration, accounts for nearly half of all international migration, nearly 70% in some places. The potential of South-South migration to contribute to

development and delivery of the SDGs is widely acknowledged but remains unrealised, largely due to existing inequalities at the global, national and local levels which determine who is (and is not) able to migrate, where to, and under which terms and conditions. These multidimensional inequalities are associated with a lack of rights for migrants and their families; difficult, expensive and sometimes dangerous journeys; and limited opportunities to access services and protection, which can, in turn, exacerbate inequalities.


Civil Engagement in Social Work: Developing Global Models Completed Projects

Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course

The overall aim of this joint exchange programme is to examine the role of social work (SW) and its engagement with civil society in supporting vulnerable members of the community. 


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