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Complex Socio-Ecological Systems

We use a range of research methods to help understand the world of interconnected systems. Our work focuses on addressing emerging local and global challenges at the interface between natural capital (such as natural resources or biodiversity) and human systems (including communities and the finance system) to ensure a sustainable future.

UK Global Food Security Taskforce
The UK Global Food Security Taskforce was commissioned to produce a report on food system resilience in the face of changing weather (PDF).

MEDEAS aims to develop an advanced modelling tool to create, modify and test policies to support the transition to a more sustainable European Energy system.

BARIN aims to better understand the social and ecological impacts of the North-American beaver Castor canadensis' range expansion in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Canada.

ESCALATION disseminated the findings from a new framework developed to explain local communities' level of support for climate change adaptation policies.

FIDELIO explored socio-economic impacts of European protected areas and predicted how perceptions of these impacts would change through time.

Sustainability East
Sustainability East was a doctoral studentship that facilitated debate and action on sustainable housing development in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.