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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.


Governing Natural Resources for Food Sovereignty Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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.


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.


True - TRansition paths to sUstainable legume based systems in Europe Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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


HOMED – Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases

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.


Slavery Compensation and The Highland Clearances Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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.


Putting diversity back together Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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


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.


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

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

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.


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.


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.


Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Labs - mapping and reducing waste in the food-energy-water nexus Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

We aim to map and substantially reduce waste in the urban food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in city-regions across three continents: Europe, Africa and South America. We will establish four Urban Living Labs (ULL) of key stakeholders who will undertake participatory research to: a) map resource flows; b) identify critical dysfunctional linear pathways; c) agree the response most appropriate to the local context (e.g. policy intervention, technology diffusion); d) model the market and non-market economic value of each intervention; and e) engage with decision makers to close each loop.


Organic-PLUS Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The overall aim of the ‘Organic-PLUS project’ (O+) is to provide high-quality, trans-disciplinary, scientifically informed decision support to help all actors in the organic sector, including national and regional policy makers, to reach the next level of the organic success story in Europe.


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


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.


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.


SHIFFT: Supporting Holistic “Innovation” and the diFFusion of Agroecolgical innovaTion Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project will look at how processes of ‘innovation’ in agroecology and food sovereignty – what does it look like, is it different from other innovation approaches, and how do agroecological innovations spread around? The goal is to support farmers, communities and social movements in developing approaches to innovation that can help to develop agroecology as an alternative paradigm to corporate-industrial agriculture.


Building Resourceful and Resilient Communities through Adaptive and Transformative Environmental Practice (RECOMS) Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

RECOMS is a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission. It is comprised of a transdisciplinary consortium of scientists, practitioners and change agents from eleven public, private and non-profit organisations located in six European Union countries.


Researching Farmer Perspectives on the Impact of a Potential Increase in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales Current Projects

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This research aims to assess the impact of this policy change on farmers through environmental, technical and economic perspectives.


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