Research Challenges

Our research challenges provide a focus for our fundamental and applied research, ensuring our work helps provide the underlying knowledge needed to find effective solutions.


At Lancaster we aim to facilitate the development of globally relevant and accessible food systems by 2030.

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We recognise that sustainable development depends on promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production as well as protecting and managing the natural resources vital for economic and social development.

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Sustainable Catchments

Catchments host the infrastructure and industry associated with farms, villages and cities all of which have downstream consequences on water flows and quality.

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Tropical Futures

The tropics incorporate incredible diversity of language and culture, as well as species and ecosystems. They also have some of the world’s poorest people and nations and some of the highest rates of species loss and ecosystem change.

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