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Sussex Sustainability funds 11 interdisciplinary research projects

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) Fund, which completed its first call for proposals in December 2016, has now made 11 full awards for funding.

The awarded projects are investigating the trade-offs and synergies between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All 11 projects address environmental components of achieving the SDGs.

The projects bring together researchers from 13 departments at the University of Sussex and from six IDS research clusters in novel interdisciplinary teams.

The teams will address the complex socio-economic, technical and environmental challenges of sustainability through problem-focused and policy-relevant research across disciplines in the natural and social sciences.

A total of 26 high-calibre applications were received and the 11 awarded projects were selected by a review panel consisting of internal and external sustainability experts.

Awards were made to:

  • Andreas Antoniades (International Relations)- Assessing the impact of debt on forest cover, air pollution and resource efficiency
  • Michael Collyer (Geography) - Urbanisation and changing food systems: Addressing the nutrition transition
  • Dave Goulson (Biology) - People, pollinators & pesticides in peri-urban farming
  • Farai Jena (Economics) - The intersection between migration, food security, environmental challenges and livelihood strategies
  • Fiona Marshall (SPRU) - Understanding trade-offs between SDGs in urbanising contexts: Novel methods of mapping rural-urban interactions in food systems to analyse risks and opportunities for environmental and human health
  • Pete Newell (International Relations) - Addressing synergies and trade-offs between goals for climate-resilient agricultural systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Anne Roemer-Mahler (International Relations) - Building global surveillance with local data: towards a sustainable global response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Pedram Rowhani (Geography) - Farmer organisations and the resilience and sustainability of small farms
  • Chris Sandom (Biology) - Delivering food security, community resilience, and biodiversity through rewilding and community agriculture
  • Alan Stewart (Ecology) - Surfaces: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding and enhancing health in a vulnerable rainforest setting
  • Martin Todd (Geography) - Towards prediction of food security crises and effective responses

A second call for funding will be announced in autumn 2017.

From April 2017 the new Director of the SSRP will be renowned environmental scientist Professor Joseph Alcamo. For more information about SSRP and the funded projects, visit the SSRP website.

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Posted on behalf of: SSRP
Last updated: Thursday, 16 February 2017

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