Research Projects

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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.


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.


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.


Plant Alert

Plant Alert is a long-term citizen science project designed to help prevent future invasions of ornamental plants.


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.


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.


SAFERUP!

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.


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


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 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.


Agroecology for Europe (AE4EU)

Building a European network on agroecology to accelerate the transition towards sustainable agriculture and food systems.


Nourishing Life -Territories of Life & Food Sovereignty

This Policy Brief focuses on the contributions that the territories and areas governed, managed and conserved by custodian indigenous peoples and local communities.


Transforming policy and practice towards agroecological transitions for resilient and just food and farming systems in a changing climate

The purpose of our Challenge Workshops is to develop an interdisciplinary network of ECRs in South Africa (SA) and UK specialising in food and farming systems transformation in an era of acute climate uncertainty.


COACH - Collaborative Agri-food Chains: Driving Innovation in Territorial Food Systems and Improving Outcomes for Producers and Consumers

COACH will help coordinate strategies and disseminate good practices on how to strengthen territorial food systems and collaborative agri-food chains based on three building blocks: short food supply chains, civic food networks and sustainable public sector food procurement.


SOIL NEXUS - Building policy tools for water- and waste-based urban soil remediation

This project aims to address the gap between practice and policy in the virtuous use of urban wastes for the remediation of urban soils.


HOMED – Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases

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.


TOCASA (Trade-offs in communal areas in South Africa)

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).


Tripura Agroecology Partnership

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