Lancaster Environment Centre

We support businesses and communities to develop clean growth ideas, promote local and national economic growth and innovation, and supply highly skilled and employable graduates.

We encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between researchers and businesses, local authorities, professional bodies, charities and a wide range of other stakeholders to ensure that businesses and employers are supported to grow, become more innovative and productive, and can access the skills that they need.‚Äč

Please contact us to discuss how we can help provide solutions to your research or training needs.

Driving Clean Growth and The Industrial Strategy

Clean growth is a critical cross cutting element of the Industrial Strategy. Given the impact of climate change we need new ways to combine business success with lower carbon emissions across all sectors. The low carbon economy could grow 11 per cent per year between 2015 and 2030, four times faster than the projected growth of the economy as a whole. The opportunity for business is significant and we can connect you to the expertise  and international markets you need to maximise the benefits of clean growth innovation. 

Download The Clean Growth Strategy (PDF)

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation: Leading Low Carbon Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is building an international platform for an alliance supporting university-business collaboration. We deliver high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services. We educate and train skilled people able to develop, deliver and advance eco-innovation throughout their careers.    

Funded projects from 1 month to 12 months available for SMEs based in the North West.

Visit the CGE site
£5m

Over £5m income through external collaboration

No.1

University for working with SMEs

95%

Of our research is world leading

Solutions to Global Challenges

We are working with our international research and business networks to drive Sustainable Development.  Eco-innovation delivers the goals of sustainable and equitable societies and economies and is a route to delivering the “green economy”, which the World Bank estimates had a global value of $3.4 trillion in 2015, predicted to grow to more than $8 trillion by 2025.

RECIRCULATE  will support new partnership-based approaches to enable African researchers to grow transformational impact through working with, in and for their communities and developing robust, durable and equitable partnerships with UK researchers. It combines excellence in scientific research (environmental science, crop science, engineering, microbiology), social science and management research (entrepreneurial learning and knowledge exchange) with knowledge exchange and capacity building.

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Supporting Challenge Driven Research

A challenge driven approach provides a focus for all our research at the Lancaster Environment Centre, ensuring our work helps provide the underlying knowledge needed to find effective solutions for our external partners and creates significant outcomes and impacts.

A wide range of facilities and equipment enable integrated studies of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems, using chemical, biochemical, physical and biological analysis.

Read about some of our Research Challenges

1,000

Over 1,000 business ideas supported

100

Internships to enhance employability

50

Tenants received support since 2007

Supporting Skills and Employability

We support the development of strong links between universities and employers to boost the employability of graduates and recognition of the value of graduate skills. We provide businesses with an extensive range of ways to access the technical expertise of our students through internships, partnerships, collaborative award studentships, project work, and careers fairs. Flexible work based training options with progression to Masters level qualifications are currently open for recruitment in Flood and Coastal Risk Management and Food Challenges for the 21st Century.

Our Services

Contact our Award-Winning Engagement Team

People are key to successful relationship building and we have an experienced multiple award winning team of knowledge exchange staff able to drive your ideas forward. We use our expertise and applied research knowledge to offer a range of services from business development and intelligence  to bid writing support. Please contact us to find out how we can support your ambitions.

Dr Ruth Alcock

Head of Enterprise & Business Partnerships

Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510285

Carolyn Hayes

Operations Manager Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Administration & Graduate Placement Manager

+44 (0)1524 510586 A11/A12, A - Floor, LEC lll

Dr Chris Holroyd

Business Partnerships Manager

+44 (0)1524 510228 A13, A - Floor, LEC lll

Dr Paul McKenna

Project Manager - RECIRCULATE, Business Partnerships Manager

Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510301 A11/A12, A - Floor, LEC lll

Dr Andy Pickard

Manager Centre for Global Eco-innovation

Innovation for a better environment

+44 (0)1524 510403 A11/A12, A - Floor, LEC lll

Barry Simons

Business Partnerships Manager

+44 (0)1524 593704 A13, A - Floor, LEC 3