Research Projects

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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.


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.


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. 


Are personal budgets always the best way of delivering personalised social care services to older people? Completed Projects

Health and Life Sciences

This NIHR/School for Social Care Research funded project aimed to examine whether personal budgets are always the best way of delivering personalised social care services to older people. 


Deprivation and Inequalities in Children's Services Interventions Completed Projects

Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course

The aim of this study was to examine the role of deprivation in explaining differences in key children’s services’ outcomes between and within local authorities (LAs).


Quantum Thinking for Agroecology Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This research programme aims to explore the Principle of Complementarity or Wave-Particle Duality as it applies to agriculture


Water quality performance of permeable pavements Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Permeable pavements (PPS) are often the most appropriate sustainable drainage (SuDS) device for highly urbanised areas and can be used for parking areas, low speed roads and landscaped areas.


Sustainable management of an Ethiopian rangeland for biodiversity and pastoralists Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project looks at how sustainable management of the Liben Plain enhances livelihoods and food security for 10,000 pastoralists, prevents mainland Africa’s first bird extinction and integrates biodiversity conservation into Ethiopian rangeland recovery.


Developing an action research based approach for understanding local institutions and improving livestock-based livelihoods of communal farmers in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The proposed project brings together scholars from Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (CU) and Department of Animal Sciences (DoAS) at Stellenbosch University (SU) as part of a knowledge exchange around action based research approaches that can be applied in exploring local institutions and livelihoods of communal livestock farmers in South Africa.


Austerity Retail in Britain Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) aims to critically examine the emergence of what we call ‘austerity retail’ initiatives amidst rising food poverty in Britain. These include ‘social supermarkets’ and other forms of ‘community shop’ offering highly discounted products, and often making use of ‘surplus’ or ‘rejected’ foods which would otherwise be thrown away. We plan to use the findings from this project as a platform to explore a larger research project on austerity retail initiatives in the particular context of food poverty in Coventry.


Somatic Performance Practices: Sandra Reeve and Ecological Movement Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Developing a UK case study on somatic practices in performance, whilst drawing out information on ‘context’ as an aspect of somatic practices in performance.


Green Entrepreneurs in Cuba – Evaluation of a collaborative initiative to strengthen Small Scale Private Sector Initiatives in Rural Cuba Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

To evaluate the project participatory action learning cycle and the focus on small scale entrepreneurship in order to provide guidance and recommendations to donors for project follow up.


Error Network Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The overall objective is to set up a Research Network that will hold two workshop/laboratories and a symposium to identify important research questions concerning how dance research and human-computer interaction (HCI) can inform each other through consideration of error, ambiguity and 'messiness' as methodological tools.


(BASE) British Academic Spoken English Corpus Completed Projects

Arts and Humanities

The British Academic Spoken English (BASE) corpus is a record of the speech of university lecturers and students at the turn of the 21st century. The corpus consists of 160 lectures and 39 seminars recorded in a variety of university departments.


Innovative designs of sustainable agro-hydro-health systems Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and Akademi Sains Malaysia will be holding a 5-day workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commencing on 31 July 2017. The workshop is being coordinated by Professor Sue Charlesworth (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) and Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Halim Ghazali (Universiti Putra Malaysia), and will have contributions from other leading researchers. The workshop will explore the following research topics in relation to ‘off-grid’ communities.


Blooms for Bees Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Blooms for Bees aims to promote bee-friendly gardening and encourage citizen scientists from across the UK to explore the presence and floral preferences of bumblebees in their gardens and allotments.


(BAWE) British Academic Written English Corpus Completed Projects

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences

The British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE) was collected as part of the project, 'An Investigation of Genres of Assessed Writing in British Higher Education'. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


Motion Bank Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The main focus of this project is the creation of online digital scores, to be made publicly available via the Motion Bank website.


LABO21 Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Funded through the Culture 2007 programme, this project is a European platform for interdisciplinary research on artistic methodologies.


The Library of Processes Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

This project investigates the various ways in which artists document reflections and experiences of working within an artist venue.


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