Sustainability research projects

TAGSCAPE: visualising information about natural landscapes

TAGSCAPE is project which has been developed by Dominica Williamson, a Leverhulme artist in residence based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dominica, together with Dr John Martin and other members of staff and students, explores ways of visualising information about our natural landscape. This information is turned into innovative maps that engage the general public and specialists.

The maps are generated with the aim of revealing the unique character and importance of landscapes, which could influence policy decisions concerning how the landscape is protected.

Read the TAGSCAPE catalogue for more information.

Urban transformation in South Africa through co-designing energy services provision pathways

Plymouth University lead: Dr Stephen Essex, Associate Professor (Reader) in Geography

This research seeks to investigate the role of municipalities in the distribution of electricity in South African cities and the unusual barriers which exist to impede the creation of governance/management structures to facilitate pathways to low carbon urban energy configurations. Stephen's role in the work is to develop an understanding of the historical evolution of urban energy systems configurations and policies within local government structures, and the implications of potential change on planning policy, infrastructural delivery and governance.

Reforming marketing for sustainability: towards a framework for evolved marketing

Plymouth University lead: Dr Victoria Hurth, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Marketing

The Sustainable Earth Institute, working with Friends of the Earth, marketing experts and members of CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing), is proposing six new foundations that form the basis of a Framework of Evolved Marketing.

They aim to place sustainability at the centre of day-to-day marketing tasks, highlight organisational barriers to change and illuminate what ‘good’ looks like in practice.

Read the press release

Read the framework

NurSus

Plymouth University lead: Professor Janet Richardson, Professor of Health Service Research

The aim of the NurSus project is to enhance the availability/relevance of a sound learning offer in Sustainability Literacy and Competency (SLC) in nurse education by developing innovative teaching and learning approaches and materials. Nurses work across borders; the availability of the NurSusTOOLKIT in a number of languages will promote coherency and support a framework for sustainability competencies across Europe.

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eViz - Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction

Plymouth University lead: Dr Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology

eViz is an EPSRC-funded study investigating how to reduce energy demand in buildings by transforming people’s understanding and behaviour through novel energy visualisations using personal pervasive digital technologies. It is a £1.5 million project which is being carried out by four universities: Plymouth University, Newcastle University, University of Bath and University of Birmingham.

eViz is a tightly integrated 3.5 year project with external partners (both international and outside of academia). The project began in September 2012 and finishes in February 2016.

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EnerGAware

Plymouth University lead: Dr Alba Fuertes Casals, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Construction Technology and Management

EnerGAware is a €2 million project funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, and will see building performance analysis and behaviour change psychologist experts from Plymouth University working alongside leading housing provider DCH (formerly Devon and Cornwall Housing), EDF Energy and partners across Europe. The three-year initiative will develop a serious game, linked to the real energy consumption of the home, in which users can play to learn about the potential energy savings from installing energy-efficiency measures and changing user behaviour. The user will need to learn to balance the energy consumption, comfort and financial cost of their actions.

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South West Smart Applications Ltd

Plymouth University lead: Dr Andrew Seedhouse, Director of Transport

South West Smart Applications Limited (SWSAL) is a ‘not for profit’, public/private company, jointly owned by the Fifteen Highway Authorities and Seventeen Public Transport Operators in the South West.

SWSAL's aims are:

  • to deliver Smart and Integrated Ticketing throughout the South West
  • to improve the passenger experience
  • to assist economic growth
  • to reduce carbon

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Small collaborative research projects

In 2014 and 2015 we opened a call for our small collaborative research awards. The purpose of the call is to provide seed funding for multidisciplinary projects which will lead to larger scale funding bids.

In line with the University's 2020 Sustainability Strategy the call is also intended to encourage multidisciplinary working, a solution orientated approach, engagement with external partners, outputs that improve our communication of sustainability research and outputs that develop long-term impact for our sustainability research.

Find out more about the projects we funded