Towards a sustainable Earth
Explore our research
Explore leading research in areas including natural resources, biodiversity, built environment, transport, agriculture, behaviour change and more.
Collaborate with us
By connecting academic expertise with the wider world, we support enterprise, business, industry and community to take collaborative action towards a more sustainable future.
Interdisciplinary Research Themes 2022
The SEI brings together researchers across the University to collaborate on key sustainability challenges.
Unprecedented pressure on the planet’s natural capital requires collaboration across disciplines to support land management and future policy.
Environmental intelligence and sensors
Using data acquisition, interpretation and visualisation to deliver the next generation of environmental monitoring and assessment.
Net-zero carbon requires a holistic, systems-thinking approach, by bringing research and cross-discipline expertise together to accelerate progress.
The South West Natural Powerhouse
Natural assets like the wind, critical minerals and heat lie at the heart of the journey to net-zero and the Green Industrial Revolution policies – which include offshore wind, the shift to zero-emission vehicles, greener buildings, sequestrating carbon and protecting our natural environment. The South West Natural Powerhouse (SWNP) is a movement that aims to connect natural capital assets – our resources – with the South-West’s ambition for clean growth. The SWNP is an independent consortium formed from industry, academia and local government that works in collaboration to facilitate clean growth in the South West. The consortium fosters responsible stewardship of our natural resources, whilst promoting sustainable and accelerated development of the blue and green economies. Find out more about SWNP
- University shortlisted for research and community impact at Green Gown Awards 14 July 2022
- Company makes significant progress with raspberry harvesting robots 1 June 2022
- Plymouth named among world’s top universities for marine excellence and climate action 27 April 2022
- First UK charging network for electric maritime vessels launched in Plymouth 27 April 2022
- International call for greater appreciation and understanding of the world’s sand resources 26 April 2022
- Green Hands at Central Park! 20 August 2022 10:00 - 15:00
- Fit and Fed on tour 23 August 2022 10:00 - 14:00
- Tamar Valley Food Hubs 26 August 2022 15:30 - 15:45
- Fit and Fed on tour 30 August 2022 10:00 - 14:00
- Plymouth's Festival of Nature 31 August 2022 10:00 - 16:00
Sustainability courses and programmes
Find out more about our courses and programmesPlymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes, including architecture, entrepreneurship, consultancy, design, engineering and planning.
A whole institutional approach to sustainability
Find out more about sustainability at PlymouthUniversity of Plymouth has an established reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in the higher education sector for sustainability.
Public mailing list
As a member of the public you can sign up to our mailing list to receive our monthly e-bulletin and updates about University of Plymouth and public sustainability events, workshops and news.
University of Plymouth staff and student mailing list
As a member of staff or a student at the University of Plymouth (or a partner college) you can mailing list to receive our monthly e-bulletin and updates about sustainability events, workshops, research funding calls and news.
Please note - if you do not have a registered University of Plymouth or partner college email address you will be moved to the public mailing list.
If you’re an academic looking for a connection to industry, an organisation looking for academic research support or an individual who is inspired to work towards a sustainable future then contact us to find out how we can help