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Access news and information relating to green economy research. We fund research on key issues relating to the green economy. New green economy research outputs are regularly added to our research catalogue.


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Smart data analytics for business and local government

Professor Vania Sena | Environmental Informatics | 31 January 2014

The esrc data research centre for smart analytics is a collaborative project between the universities of essex (lead partner), east anglia, and kent; its objectives are to  provide a facility where big data from businesses and local government a ...

Innovating for a low carbon economy

Dr Pelin Demirel | 01 December 2013

This seminar series  adopts a multi-dimensional and multidisciplinary perspective to address six different but interrelated topics to discuss the challenges and major choices for environmental innovation in the next four decades as the uk underg ...

The politics of wellbeing

Professor Ian Bache | 06 November 2013

There has been a dramatic rise of international and national policy interest in wellbeing, quality of life and happiness research, and particularly in the measurement of wellbeing for public policy purposes. This has intensified post-financial crisis ...

Administrative data research centre - scotland

Dr Christopher Dibben | 01 November 2013

The administrative data research centre (adrc) - scotland aims to make research and make available de-identified administrative data to the research community. The adrc will have a core service that will: provide state-of-the-art facilities for rese ...

Administrative data service

Ms Melanie Wright | 01 October 2013

Access to administrative data for research is a positive public good. The ability to use these records - collected in the course of business by governmental and other bodies - and to link them can greatly enhance the ability to do the research modern ...

Centre for climate change economics and policy

Simon Dietz | Environmental economics | 01 October 2013

The centre aims to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research that links climate science, economics and other social sciences and engages users and beneficiaries throughout the research lifecycle. Our fi ...


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Case Studies

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Low carbon technology to developing countries

Case Study | 15 July 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Policy recommendations from the sussex energy group have shaped the uk government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the chilean and indian governments on technology transfer policies.


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Growing the green economy

Feature | 03 March 2014 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

Economic growth in its current form is unsustainable, argues the bestseller prosperity without growth. Following publication, the book has brought a deeper understanding of the basis of prosperity to a wide range of international economic decision-ma ...

The cost of being green

Feature | 04 December 2013 | General public, Press/media

As renewable energy generation grows in popularity, how are wind farms affecting local house prices?

Making money grow on trees

Feature | 19 November 2013 | General public, International, Partnerships, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The espa-funded mikoko pamoja carbon credit project aims to generate â£7,500 a year for villages in kenya's gazi bay - by preserving mangrove swamps and selling carbon credits to business.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Climate change downgrade in the recession

Feature | 04 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

As we enter climate week, poll results have revealed that public concern about environmental issues and climate change has sunk to a 20-year low since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Revealing the value of nature

Feature | 10 June 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media, Public sector

The true value of nature can be shown for the very first time thanks to groundbreaking research by hundreds of british scientists published in a major new report – the uk national ecosystem assessment (uk nea).

Carbon reduction champions

Feature | 26 January 2011 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Uk retailers, climate strategies and the role of partnership.

Press Releases

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Wind turbines evoke a variety of emotional responses

Press Release | 22 October 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

People’s attitudes towards wind turbines are more complex than a simple case of love-or-hate, a social science researcher is discovering. Visitors gazing at turbines in the welsh countryside experience a wide range of emotions, from memories of you ...

Relu director wins prestigious international award

Press Release | 29 January 2013 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

On 28 january 2013 rural economy and land use (relu) programme director philip lowe was awarded the bertebos prize for his significant contributions to sustainable rural development and land use management.

Green partnerships between community groups and local councils

Press Release | 10 August 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Powerful new partnerships with the common aim of achieving a more environmentally and economically sustainable future can be forged by community action groups and local authorities - which often regard each other with mutual suspicion and mistrust ac ...

Uk cyclists take different paths

Press Release | 19 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media

Vast differences in cycling cultures have been found in uk cities; for some cycling is a traditional transport accessible to all while for others it is a new edgy, urban subculture according to recent findings from a research project funded by the ec ...

Un emission market needs urgent reform

Press Release | 14 March 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The united nations (un) global carbon market requires substantial reform because it too often fails to support the projects and people it is meant to help, according to new research from the economic and social research council (esrc)

When it comes to the environment, education affects our actions

Press Release | 21 March 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Data from findings from understanding society, the world’s largest household panel survey, show that people with degrees are 25 per cent more likely, on average, than people with no education qualifications to adopt pro-environmental behaviours, at l ...

Renewable energy needs more community power

Press Release | 10 September 2010 | General public, Press/media

The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the uk, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Saving the economy and saving the planet

Press Release | 21 April 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Is the recession an opportunity to move away from some traditional, and environmentally unfriendly, industries to cleaner, greener industries to create new and sustainable employment?

School kids digest the future of food

Press Release | 09 March 2009 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Locally produced and organic food is best for us and the environment. True or false? more than 90 secondary school children will be chewing over that question during a one day multi-activity event organised as part of the economic and social research ...