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BOND - Bringing Organisations and Network Development to Higher Levels in the Farming Sector in Europe

The aim of this project is to reach higher levels of organisation and networking, and develop a healthier, and more productive and harmonious farming sector in Europe for the long term.


Innovative designs of sustainable agro-hydro-health systems

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.


SAFERUP! Sustainable, Accessible, Safe, Resilient and Smart Urban Pavements

The overall purpose of SAFERUP! is to inform the design, operation and installation of the next generation of urban pavements.


FOOdIVERSE - Diversifying sustainable and organic food systems

The FOOdIVERSE project aims to produce practice-oriented knowledge on how diversity in diets, novel food supply chains and food governance contributes to more organic and sustainable food systems.


Investigating stakeholder perspectives on the role of the semi-wild pony in maintaining biodiversity and agricultural sustainability in the uplands of Wales

The mountains, hills and valleys of Wales play a central role in the culture, recreation, economy and environment of the Welsh nation and yet they are declining. The semi-wild (or semi-feral pony) is native to Wales and can play a critical role in reversing that decline.


Sustainable management of an Ethiopian rangeland for biodiversity and pastoralists

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.


A study examining the Drug, Alcohol & Recovery Team and the Drug Recovery Wing at HMP Rye Hill

The report presents key findings from a prison-based study examining the role of a Drug, Alcohol and Recovery team and a Drug Recovery Wing at category B prison.


SILTFLUX

The SILTFLUX project aims to unravel pollution challenges for a set of Irish rivers.


Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU - A State of Play

The study aimed to describe the state-of-play of short food supply chains (SFSC) and Local Food Systems (LFS) in the EU.


Water quality performance of permeable pavements

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.


Independent Evaluation of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM)

This project evaluated key aspects of the CSM functioning in the context of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as it is today, 8 years after the Reform, and 3 years after the last evaluation.


An Evaluation of Bringing Hope's Second Chance Damascus Programme

The Damascus Road Second Chance Programme (DRSP) is a Personal Social Development programme delivered by Bringing Hope, a Christian organisation based in Birmingham.


Austerity Retail in Britain

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. 


Green roofs for ecological benefit, water management and sustainable design KTP: SEL Environmental and Coventry University

The benefits of green roofs individually include the improvement and reduction of energy consumption, while a concentration across a large area has been proven to reduce temperatures in the surrounding climate.


Blooms for Bees

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.


AGROMIX

AGROforestry and MIXed farming systems knowns as Agromix is participatory research to drive the transition to a resilient and efficient land use in Europe.


Determining the performance of large biofiltration cells in treating contaminated runoff from a slum settlement and its reuse for urban food production South Africa

This project will determine the ability of purpose-built, large-scale biofiltration cells downstream from a large informal settlement to treat contaminated runoff resulting from dysfunctional sanitation and limited urban drainage infrastructure.


Quantum Thinking for Agroecology

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


Why are pregnant women in prison?

The aim of our study is to find out why pregnant women spend time in prison, on remand, on recall from licence conditions and on sentence.


Collaborative research on Women’s Communal Land Rights (WCLR) in Africa

The overarching objective of this project is to draw lessons from and scale up efforts to advance Women’s Communal Land Rights in East and West Africa.