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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.

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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.

3d network analysis of the South Wales Valleys


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

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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.


Post-earthquake disaster resilience, China

Developing new understanding about the physical and social controls and processes that affect the recovery from large earthquakes and promote resilience.


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.


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.