Case Studies

Please find below a selection of case studies showcasing some of our past work with beneficiaries.

Stopford Energy & Environment

Developing sustainable soil conditioners and plant fertilisers from the waste streams of anaerobic digestion and biomass thermal conversion.

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Booths

Booths is a regional retailer based in Lancashire. They have 31 stores located throughout the north of England. Booths remains a family-owned and run business, with fifth generation Edwin Booth the current Chairman. 

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Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme provides UK companies with a significant package of support to develop R&D partnerships with Chinese counterparts in Guangdong Province, underpinned by the opportunity to access significant grant investment.

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

The Land Trust

Internship: Research on the health benefits of open spaces.

Company: The Land Trust provides cost effective management solutions for open space and green infrastructure. They used the research as evidence to clarify and hone their key messages for communications and marketing purposes.

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T.E.Laboratories

T.E.Laboratories collaborated with experts from the Lancaster Environment Centre to develop a new sampling approach as an assessment tool for compliance with European environmental quality standards.

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Myerscough College

Samantha Gray worked with Myerscough College to improve energy consumption on campus to fit in line with their Carbon Management plan.

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KARIM case studies

The KARIM project was designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North West Europe access innovation support and technology and make the region more competitive by creating a network of centres collaborating on technology transfer.

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Wezzoo

Wezzoo, a mobile application company which provide an interactive and novel method on providing users with weather updates, took on Leyla Page as a student intern to conduct market research.

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Intelligent Turf

Internship: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing database development to capture, visualise and analyse temporal and spatial data on turfgrass sites.

Company: Intelligent Turf Limited provides precision turfgrass management through the capture, analysis and visualisation of objective plant and soil data. The interns helped the business to move forward and develop a product and service which is being used at golf courses and stadia.

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The Environment Agency

Organisation: The Environment Agency (EA), with area offices based in Preston and Penrith, is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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The Irish EPA

Michael Dennison, an MA Environmental Management and Consultancy student, completed research for the Irish Environment Protection Agency (EPA), a clinet of Carr Communications, to understand the success of a 2012 EPA project on septic tank inspection.

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Waitrose

A Communications Portal for Sustainable Agriculture that highlights the relationships between Waitrose, its suppliers, growers of fresh produce and a range of research providers concerned with the sustainable production and supply of food products.

The Waitrose Communications Portal for Sustainable Agriculture

Airinov

James Melech, BSc Hons Ecology, was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to research and review remote sensing for pesticide adjustment for French company Airinov to help improve their diagnostic tool.

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Gostai

Andrew Ellison, Environmental Science Student, was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to carry out a carbon footprint and life cycle analysis of mobile telepresence device Jazz for French company, Gostai. 

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Hesus

Environmental Chemistry student Peter Bentley, was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to explore the key drivers and actors in the UK construction and landfill sectors for Hesus, a consultancy company dealing with contaminated land recruited.

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Le Relais

Two Geography students, Katie Dair and Rose AshBourn, were recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to compile an assessment of Le Relais recycling facilities, in order to identify new opportunities for the company.

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VitrA Ireland Ltd

VitrA recruited MA Environmental Management & Consultancy student Francis Trueman through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to explore the potential uptake of one their products by the UK National Health Service.

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Verteego

MA Environmental Management and Consultancy student Emmanuel Ugbodaga, was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to design a set of environmental dashboards using data from Verteego’s open data website and an environmental compliance software called Jolicharts, showcasing their capabilities. 

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Microplast & Famoplast

Helen Kaye (MA Environmental Management and Consultancy) and Adam Hughes (BSc Geography), students from Lancaster Environment Centre, carried out a two-week placement through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to observe and recommend improvements for the environmental strategies of two French companies, Microplast and Famoplast. 

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Future Analytics

In order to develop energy efficiency indicators for urban areas, Future Analytics recruited Tom Keeling, a Geography Student from Lancaster Environment Centre, through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network. Observing household-level and transport energy usage Tom was able to develop a transferable tool to compare various urban areas. 

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Envisa

Environmental Change and Sustainable Development student James Hulme was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to help aviation and environmental consultancy Envisa develop a prototype for assessing airport emissions. 

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Carr Communications & the IEPA

MA Environmental Management and Consultancy student Michael Dennison was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to complete field research for Carr Communications’ client the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, to help them understand the dynamics driving population behaviours.

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Camara Education

Keen to explore the environmental and social benefits of their IT reuse and recycling, Camara Education recruited Geography student Naomi Loh-Baxter through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to determine the benefits and costs of each path. 

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Safe Orthopaedics

Specialising in spinal stabilisation technologies, Safe Orthopaedics wanted to determine the environmental impacts of a new disposable instrument kit. Lancaster Environment Student Alex Briggs was recruited through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to research the subject for the company. 

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Borne Recharge

Seeking to expand into the growing UK electric car market, Bourne Recharge recruited MEng Mechanical Engineering student Sharon Crane through the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network to analyse the UK market to determine whether or not there was a place for Borne Recharge products.

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National Air Quality Testing Services Limited

Douglas Booker, Managing Director of National Air Quality Testing Services Limited (NAQTS), introduces his company and explains why they took an office in the Lancaster Environment Centre.

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NAQTS

BSc Environmental Science student works with NAQTS to analyse air quality data

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Catchment Change Management Hub

The CCM Hub is a place where people who are interested in the wellbeing of their local river/s and wider water environment can share understanding and make links across river catchments. It points you in the direction of measures, legislation and practical tools to help improve the quality of all water bodies including ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries, wetlands and coastal water for the benefit of catchment managers, advisors and interested stakeholders – including local community groups and the general public.

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The only centre of its kind in Europe, the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is an SME-led collaborative Research and Development partnership with two world-ranking universities. The centre underpins the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace and works with SME’s who manufacture, re-use or dispose of raw materials to deliver a positive environmental impact. The project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Optimising Ecosystem Services for Agronomy and Conservation

A Defra HortLINK partnership that brings together food retailers, seed suppliers and growers to investigate how flowering plants in agricultural field margins could reduce pesticide use and encourage biodiversity.

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Waitrose Sustainable Agriculture

Developing a Communications Portal for Sustainable Agriculture that highlights the relationships between Waitrose, its suppliers, growers of fresh produce and a range of research providers concerned with the sustainable production and supply of food products.

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