Research Projects

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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.


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

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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


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

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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, to ensure safe, productive water supporting sustainable livelihoods through food production.


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.


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.


BOND Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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.


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.


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


SILTFLUX Completed Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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


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

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This research explores the potential impacts and opportunities associated with ‘Brexit’ for the Welsh beef and lamb sector. We will examine the current relationship the Welsh beef and lamb sector has with the EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) scheme, and investigate the possible role this certification may have for Wales once the process of exiting the EU is completed.


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.


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.


BIOCHAR Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

BIOCHAR - Farmers, Growers and Gardeners 2015 Biochar Experiment.


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.


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.


HOMED – Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases Current Projects

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.


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.


Tripura Agroecology Partnership Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project aims to link nutritional security with selective agroecological diversication for resilient rural communities.


ReACHyn: Recent Atmospheric Change and the Hydrology of the Niger Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project aims to quantify the temporal changes of flow patterns in the River Niger. 


Excluded Voices: Democratising Agricultural Research Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The aim of the Excluded Voices project is to identify and support processes that can help democratise the governance of food and agricultural research. The project combines participatory methodologies and institutional innovations to make excluded voices count in food and agricultural policy-making. 


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