Sustainability and the environment
Climate change and green infrastructure. Clean water and sanitation. The impact of plastics and pharmaceuticals. Low carbon design. Ecological systems and biodiversity. These are just a handful of our research areas within the Sustainability and Environment theme.
Led by Professor Stephen Fletcher, our research promotes environmental awareness and we develop techniques for evaluating and improving damage to land and marine ecosystems.
Our plastics research
We're working with partners in business, government and academia around the world to find innovative solutions to the planet's plastic pollution crisis. Find out more about how we're facing the global plastics challenge.
Explore our research features for a snapshot of our research in this field.
Explore our other research themes
Safe, democratic and sustainable societies rely on the people in them being active, informed and engaged – and our work in this theme deals with issues of equality, citizenship and engagement around the world.
Our research under this theme is helping make the world a better place – we're making significant breakthroughs, developing new technologies, and finding sustainable, cost-effective ways to transform our knowledge into action.
We're seeking to manage health, disease and disability through technological, creative and scientific developments – by developing and testing new technologies in real settings, and working to understand the mechanisms underlying health and disease.