Research into Sustainability

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Lancaster University is contributing to a sustainable future through world-leading research and collaborations with partner organisations and communities, encompassing social, health, economic and environmental sustainability.

Lancaster University had been awarded a Gold rating for Environmental Impact as part of the QS World University Rankings 2022.

Assessing research related to six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the QS has awarded institutions around the world with medals based on their focus on ‘Environmental Impact’. The gold-rated SDGs are affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), climate action (SDG 13), life below water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15).

Examples of our research

  • Lancaster Environment Centre

    A community of experts from across Lancaster University working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.

  • Energy Lancaster

    Experts from across Lancaster University working with global partners to develop secure and sustainable energy supplies.

  • The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business

    Researching and bringing together social and environmental sustainability into purposeful business strategy.

  • Institute for Social Futures

    Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science and humanities.

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