Research in this thematic grouping addresses flood resilience, low carbon energy alternatives and the circular and bio economies.
We are particularly interested in sustainable fisheries and the effectiveness of marine protected areas – and also the management of non-native invasive species.
Working closely with the University’s Wilberforce Institute, our researchers have secured funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust.
Our research into future flood resilience is led by researchers based in the Energy and Environment Institute. It has secured European funding for the Flood Resilience Innovation Centre which benefits communities by supporting the development of new technologies in flood rescue and resilience.
With support from UK Government, we’re also developing the Ark National Flood Resilience Centre with full-scale urban and rural, swift and still water flood simulation. These enhancements will result in the ability to deliver integrated multi-agency training, research, innovation and community engagement that is centred on flood resilience. The centre will also offer training for the next generation of researchers with Continuing Professional Development and MSc courses.
Low Carbon Energy Alternatives
This cluster involves a range of interdisciplinary research and collaborative projects to deliver broad societal, environmental and economic benefits in a post-carbon world.
With collaborators, we secured joint EPSRC-NERC funding for the Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership in offshore wind energy and the environment. The programme will support over 70 PhD students across 5 cohorts, combining academic and industry expertise to accelerate the low carbon transition and develop solutions to the challenges facing the offshore wind industry.
The closely-related related EU Horizon 2020 project INCUBIS (an Industrial Symbiosis Incubator for Maximizing Waste Heat/Cold Efficiency in Industrial Parks and Districts) is co-led by our staff in collaboration with international partners. INCUBIS investigates the potential for energy savings in the Humber region, with the aim of making EU policy recommendations relating to energy technology.
Other projects within this theme include the estuarine response to habitat loss and gain through investment in infrastructure; evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of tidal energy schemes; and the development of expert systems for the integrated management and planning of the ‘Energy Estuary’.
Sustainable Cities and Regions
Our researchers examine industrial symbiosis and regional development and the adoption of renewable energy and other green technologies in urban and rural areas.
Other key areas of our work include exploring alternative local food networks; innovative pathways to de-growth and sustainable alternative local economies; and the funding and financing of low-carbon mass transit infrastructure across metropolitan areas.
We also examine how climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy are transforming the fortunes of structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities and regions around the North Sea.