SSRP project spotlight 2023/2024
Explore our most recently funded projects from the 2023/2024 academic year below
SSRP small grants fund
SSRP is delighted to be joined by and supporting five new cutting-edge research projects, set to receive funding for the 2023/2024 academic year. These projects, selected as part of SSRP’s 8th seed-funding call ‘Research at the mid-point of SDG implementation’, will drive impactful sustainability research forward, focusing on diverse areas such as ecosystem recovery, territorial and indigenous rights, waterway resilience, equitable forest restoration, and place-based research for sustainability transitions.
Excitingly, SSRP is welcoming an all-female-led lineup of sustainability experts to its community, made up of three new Principal Investigators and including two early-career researchers. While the programme is very pleased to be welcoming the next generation of sustainability researchers from across campus, it is also committed to supporting ongoing SSRP streams of work - building on the community’s strengths and long-standing partnerships and following its recognition as a University of Sussex Centre of Excellence.
The awarded projects, selected by a diverse cross-campus review panel for their potential to have significant impact, come at a particularly pivotal time as the world reaches the mid-point in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With ongoing support from SSRP and a modest pot of funding, these initiatives, led by interdsciplinary research teams, promise to advance the vision of SSRP and the University in creating a more sustainable world, both in our backyard and further afield:
- Documenting the recovery of the Sussex inshore ecosystem post trawling byelaw – Dr Valentina Scarponi and Prof Mika Peck (School of Life Sciences)
- Revisioning territorial rights in Brazil in the face of resource extraction – Dr Bonnie Holligan (School of Law, Politics & Sociology), Dr Alex Shankland and Dr Anabel Marín (Institute of Development Studies)
- Ripple Effect: advancing waterway resilience in Sussex, UK – Dr Lucila Newell (School of Global Studies), Dr Ellen Rotheray and Prof Mika Peck (School of Life Sciences)
- Enhancing equitable and sustainable forest restoration in the Ecuadorian Andes – Prof Fiona Mathews (School of Life Sciences), Dr Evan Killick (School of Global Studies), Dr Joanna Smallwood (School of Law, Politics and Sociology) and Dr Maria-Clara Castellanos (School of Life Sciences)
- Understanding place-based knowledge and its boundaries for sustainability transitions – Dr Shova Thapa Karki (University of Sussex Business School), Dr Bradley Parrish (University of Sussex Business School), Prof Nicholas Nisbett (Institute of Development Studies) and Dr Bonnie Holligan (School of Law, Politics & Sociology)