A community of experts from across Lancaster University working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.
Research into Sustainability
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).
Sustainability across Lancaster's research
Academics and researchers from across Lancaster University are working to address the climate emergency in diverse ways.
Professor Jess Davies
60 Seconds with... Professor Jess Davies from Lancaster Environment Centre. Jess is the Director of Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and a Professor of Sustainability who specialises in the role of land and soils in creating sustainable food, climate and water futures. In this video, Jess explains how her work with carbon capture in soil, could help solve the Climate Emergency.
Dr Ana Costa
60 Seconds with... Dr Ana Costa - a senior lecturer in at Lancaster University. In this video, she explains how her work is focusing on the re-use of materials in construction to reduce the carbon footprint of building work.
Dr Celine Germond-Duret
60 Seconds with... Dr Celine Germond-Duret, a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy in the department at Lancaster University. Celine is interested in marine policy and the blue economy, international climate politics, and indigenous peoples.
Dr Michael Stead
60 Seconds with... Dr Michael Stead. Michael is a Lecturer in Sustainable Design from Imagination Lancaster, our open and exploratory design research lab. His work aims to develop innovative design approaches and tools in collaboration with industry, policymakers and the public to raise awareness and support adopting sustainable and equitable data-driven technologies and related practices.
60 Seconds with... Victoria Simpson, a Psychology PhD student at Lancaster University. Here she explains more about her research into the barriers to being vegan and how this impacts children's diet choices.
Examples of our research
Experts from across Lancaster University working with global partners to develop secure and sustainable energy supplies.
Researching and bringing together social and environmental sustainability into purposeful business strategy.
Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science and humanities.
A joint research institute between Lancaster University and Sunway University to investigate building sustainable cities.
Developing solutions for clean and sustainable growth with businesses, communities and wider partners.
Behavioural insight into plastic packaging and it’s role in society and peoples’ lives.
Analysis of the global, national and local movements of people, objects, capital, information to address the climate emergency.
ReStore: a new sustainable shop coming to Lancaster University campus
Lancaster University is known for its commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness. Now, the University is taking another step towards encouraging positive change by opening a new sustainable shop on campus called ReStore Lancaster.
Lancaster University helps to fund local picnic site
A new picnic site at Stodday near Lancaster was inaugurated on Monday thanks to funding from the University's Wind Turbine Community Benefit Fund. Professor Sarah Kemp, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, cut the ribbon and praised the project that transformed the site.
Green Lancaster’s Leadership and Sustainability Trip to Switzerland
At the beginning of July, Green Lancaster ran the first ever Sustainability and Leadership trip to Switzerland in collaboration with Global Experiences. 12 students benefited from this unique opportunity and got to develop their skills, knowledge and experience for navigating (and leading) on the challenges proposed by the climate and ecological emergency agenda.