Research Projects

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UNDERTREES - Creating knowledge for Understanding ecosystem services of agroforestry systems through a holistic methodological framework

The overarching objective of UNDERTREES is to form an international and inter-sectoral network of 15 organisations in 3 continents (Europe, Africa and South America) working on a joint research programme in the field of agroforestry (AF) and ecosystem services (ES) assessment.

Making Space: The Geographies of Minimalist Practices and Sustainable Consumption

The purpose of the study is to explore the motivations and practices of self-defined minimalists (or those who associate themselves with minimalist practice) and to explore minimalism’s potential link to sustainable consumption practices.

True - TRansition paths to sUstainable legume based systems in Europe

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

Governing Natural Resources for Food Sovereignty

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.

Slavery Compensation and The Highland Clearances

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.

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

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.

Putting diversity back together

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

Reducing Financial Vulnerability within Birmingham's Muslim Community

A research project led by the Centre for Business in Society aiming to Reduce Financial Vulnerability within Birmingham's Muslim Community.

Concentration or composition that is the question! How do exogenous fatty acids contribute to changes in metabolic flexibility of skeletal muscle?

Using Real-Time Cell Metabolic Analysis to establish how physiological and pathophysiological concentrations of FA impact mitochondrial function, capacity and substrate utilisation in human skeletal muscle cells.

Not Going Shopping

Not Going Shopping is a practice-led research project that explores the potential of socially engaged photography to investigate the notion of queerness and represent the lived experience of people who identify as LGBTQ+.


Under the moniker of SPECT.ANON. George Saxon and Ryan Sehmar worked with Vivid Projects as part of a year-long residency to re-imagine worlds under curfew during a shared self-isolation. A series of events, referred to as interludes and intervals, were developed within the environment of an empty space. The audience was beckoned into a wooden structure, where potential action and intervention were recorded at given intervals, as the artists deciphered the interior world (inner space) of this existence together with the fragile tensions and antagonisms presented by the exterior world (outer space).

Community Food Hub in Foleshill, Coventry: An Evaluation

The Community Food Hub (CFH) in Foleshill, Coventry, started operating in March 2020 as a pilot project delivered by Feeding Coventry in partnership with Feeding Britain and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.