Research is vital to our University: it enables us to contribute new knowledge, underpins our creative and enterprise thinking and ensures we are delivering leading-edge teaching. Our researchers are making significant discoveries and partnering local, national and global organisations to find solutions to contemporary commercial, scientific and social issues.

Many of our academic staff engage in research and/or professional practice, and we have a thriving community of postgraduate research students.

A major research project, TABLES, led by Professor Alister Scott, was nominated for the Royal Town Planning Institute's 2014 Awards for Planning Excellence. More information on this innovative piece of environmental and spatial planning research.

Our specialist areas

We currently specialise in a range of subject areas within the built and natural environment, including:

  • Community engagement and enablement
  • Knowledge management and expertise in the construction industry
  • Local sustainability
  • Post-catastrophe urban reconstruction
  • Rural-urban fringe economy and management
  • Stakeholders and community engagement
  • Urban conservation.

Our work focuses on human intervention in the physical environment, with the aim of improving current and future conditions. We are particularly interested in work that explores the problematic gaps between professions, between planning strategy and policy and between the academic and professional worlds.

Some of these projects are funded by Government Research Councils and similar organisations, such as our Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU) project.

Our research is mainly focused in the University’s Centre for Environment and Society Research.

Our publications

Publishing the results of our research is vital in ensuring greater impact: staff and research students are involved in national and international conferences, academic and professional journals, book writing and other outputs.

View Centre for Environment and Society Research publications.

We welcome enquiries from people and organisations interested in developing their specialist research knowledge. To discuss research opportunities, projects, partnerships or research degree studies, please email Professor Peter Larkham or call +44 (0)121 331 7422.