The impact of environmental science research

Publication date:
November 2015
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the impact of research undertaken by UK universities for the first time. Universities submitted case studies to demonstrate their research impacts on “the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”. The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) is the arm of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) dealing with higher education, and thus has a keen interest in how the discipline informs society as a whole. Here, we showcase the impact of environmental science research from UK universities, and explore how researchers develop and demonstrate impact, ensuring that interdisciplinary work is appropriately represented in analyses of societal effects.
  1. Adding impact - Vicky Jones
  2. Sustainable development: the impacts of UK university research - Ben Williams
  3. Biodiversity conservation: the impacts of UK university research - Christian Devenish
  4. Waste management: the impacts of UK university research - Peter Shaw and Ian Williams
  5. Ecosystem services: the impacts of UK university research - Mark Everard
  6. The marine environment: the impacts of UK university research - Ruth Bowyer
  7. Air quality: the impacts of UK university research - Ben Williams
  8. Shifting cultures in UK environmental research - Robert Ashcroft, Gary Kass and Kathryn Monk
  9. The Research Excellence Framework and institutional sustainability: making a difference at home? - Carolyn Roberts and Robert Ashcroft
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