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SILTFLUX

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


BIOCHAR

BIOCHAR - Farmers, Growers and Gardeners 2015 Biochar Experiment.


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.


Exploring the Impacts of Brexit for Protected Food Names PFN in the UK

This research aims to explore the potential impacts and opportunities associated with Brexit for UK Protected Food Name Schemes (PFNs), and to create policy recommendations at the UK member state and national devolved scale for the future governance of PFNs.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Quantum Thinking for Agroecology

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


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.


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.


Sustainable flood resilience in refugee camps; combining sustainable drainage with WASH

The aim of this project was to identify and redress issues affecting resilience to flooding in refugee camps.


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.


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.


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.


The Master Gardener Programme working with urban communities: Garden Organic’s London Food Poverty Project: Southwark

Funded by The Hirschmann Foundation, The London Food Poverty Project aimed to work with communities to build resilience and knowledge so that involved communities feel confident to address the triggers of food poverty positively and proactively.


Plastic Litter Surveying on Coventry Canal

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


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.


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.


Identification and quantification of trace organic contaminants discharged from waste water treatment plants

The main purpose of this project is to generate pump priming data for novel applications of high resolution mass spectrometry methods for identification and quantification of organic pollutants discharged from waste water treatment plants.