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About Us

Co-developing solutions for economies, communities and ecosystems to thrive together

What is Eco-Innovation?

Every innovation needs to be an eco-innovation.

  • The development of new practices, processes, products or services that support environmentally positive development
  • Solution-orientated, collaborative, and practical
  • Central to achieving net-zero climate targets, addressing environmental crises and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

Our Purpose

To enable economies, communities and ecosystems to thrive together through collaborative cross-sector cross-disciplinary eco-innovation.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation brings together diverse research expertise at Lancaster University in partnership with businesses and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Approach

Every innovation needs to be an eco-innovation

The scale, complexity and urgency of the sustainability challenge calls for deep radical change to practices, processes, products and services across the board.

Innovation in partnerships

Bold partnerships that bring together ideas, knowledge and capabilities in new ways are needed to create sustainable change.

Thinking globally, acting locally

Mobilising the power of places and their people to co-develop effective local solutions and transferable mechanisms.

A movement of eco-innovators

Change is driven by eco-innovators: people who are positively and collaboratively acting to deliver sustainable solutions.

Doing well, doing good, feeling good

Better environment means better business and healthier people. Skilled eco-driven jobs create fulfilling work and positive societies.

Better Futures

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is driving powerful connections across the world for a sustainable future.

On Outstanding Foundations

The Centre helps develop a talented pipeline of eco-innovators, having supported 90 PhD and 50 MRes studentships, as well as hundreds of student dissertation projects and internships focused on business-led eco-innovation projects. These studentships and projects also draw on interdisciplinary academic expertise from across Lancaster University.

In 2018, the Centre led a Science and Innovation Audit published by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy demonstrating that the North West of England has the knowledge, skills, place and capacity to be world leading in the development of technologies for clean and sustainable growth. As a result, it now leads a consortium of six of the region’s universities to support business innovation for a better environment.

Beyond the region, CGE has also successfully re-developed and co-delivered the place-based eco-innovation model in international contexts through the success of the China Catalyst and the pan-African Global Challenges Research Funded RECIRCULATE project. RECIRCULATE supports African businesses and researchers to develop and deliver safe and sustainable water use. It is led by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, with partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia. The project has supported a Global Research Translation Award, ACTUATE, which will accelerate the demonstration of community-based bioenergy systems in Ghana and Nigeria.

In 2020, the Centre for Global Eco-innovation was formally established as a University Research Centre and now plays a strategic role in mobilising Lancaster University researchers, partnerships and communities in the pursuit of transformative eco-innovation. We are based in the Faculty of Science and Technology, but bring together people across faculties at Lancaster University.

Our Values


We respect and celebrate diverse expertise

CGE brings together diverse teams, expertise, organisations and communities. We value diversity in know-how, experience, and perspectives and cannot succeed without it.


We find solutions not problems

CGE takes a positive can-do approach in research, engagement and everyday actions to find the solutions that help us achieve our purpose.


We collaboratively challenge business as usual

CGE works alongside like-minded partners to raise the ambition on sustainability in research, business, communities and policy.


We are accessible, inclusive and approachable

CGE seeks to create an environment and mechanisms that enable collaboration and encourages the sharing of opportunities and challenges.

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YQ