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Our projects are run by researchers within the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Regrow Borneo

Carbon Mitigation, Reforestation & Ecosystem Regeneration... One hectare at a time.

Canal and River Trust

In partnership with the Canal and River Trust the Sustainable Places Research Institute is investigating the public benefits of inland waterways in England and Wales.


Find out about our research into the structure, function and resilience of seagrass meadows, within a linked social ecological system and the food security support they provide.


Spatial Design Network Analysis (sDNA) is a standard method for analysing spatial networks led by Dr Crispin Cooper.

Knowing to grow

Increasing the resilience of plant centred food production skills.

T-GRAINS: Transforming and Growing Relationships within regional food systems for Improved Nutrition and Sustainability

This multi-intuitional project will explore whether a regional-based UK food system can provide healthy and sustainable diets, and if resilience in the system can be achieved through strengthening social capital among food system stakeholders.


SUSPLACE is a Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission, to train Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to study sustainable place-shaping practices.

Place-based ethical trade

Find out more about our research on ethical trade initiatives, such as FairTrade and Rainforest Alliance.

Interplay between density, design, and wellbeing towards developing resilient cities

This project seeks to understand and analyse the role of urban density and design in public wellbeing for developing and sustaining resilient communities and cities.

Systems thinking and place-based methods for healthier Malaysian cities

This project joins partners with expertise in systems and place-based methods, urban planning and public health to examine urban health in Malaysia.

Deep Place

Deep Place is a holistic approach to sustainable place-making. It is grounded in an empirical concern with how to achieve more economically, socially, environmentally and culturally sustainable places and communities.

The impact of rapid urbanisation on health in Chinese mega-cities

The ‘British Council Researcher Links’ project provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to build long-lasting research collaborations.


Land2Coast is an interdisciplinary investigation focussed on understanding how good governance can foster effective integrated land and coastal zone management in Quintana Roo, Mexico.