Research delivering sustainability

Funders are increasingly seeking evidence that the research it commissions helps meet the needs of the planet and its people.

Sustainability can be applied in a huge variety of ways, and by utilising science-based principles, initiative and out-of-the-box thinking it can reach a breadth of research disciplines.   By doing so we are able to avoid unintended consequences from actions that our research may otherwise generate.

It is possible that a research proposal redesign is required to mitigate against previously unknown impacts, however, this can actually benefit the long-term legacy of research and produce additional improvements that likewise were not initially considered.

This presentation illustrates the relevance and value that sustainability can bring to research (part of a presentation to a conference at Greenwich in May 2016).

Greenwich Research Groups

Sustainable development relates to almost all areas of research and the activities of almost every research group. The  research groups at the University of Greenwich where sustainability has strong relationships are included below. If you know of a research group not included on the list please email

Links to all UoG Research Centres, almost all working on sustainability can be found here. Some examples include:

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

  •  Faculty of Business

Faculty of Engineering & Science

The Natural Resources Institute’s Research Groups can be found here.


To assist staff at Greenwich the Sustainability Team provides training for researchers, highlighting how this topic can be an asset to research, illustrating tools that can be used to help in the application of sustainability in the process of research development and delivery. Contact Greenwich Research and Enterprise for more information.


University of Greenwich Sustainability Blog