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UCCRI Newsletter 28th August 2015





28th August 2015

Research Funding Opportunities

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Research Funding Opportunities

 The Wellcome Trust Centres
The Wellcome Trust awards Centre status to programmes that they expect to catalyse and enable world-leading research and innovation in fields that are central to mission. They expect their support to allow Centres to achieve exceptional impact in any or all of:

basic research; translation into clinical practice; health product research and development; public policy

Internal Coordination: All applicants who are interested in applying for this call should indicate their interest in applying via their School office, and obtain their Head of School’s approval for the application to be submitted by 1st September. Once they have this approval, they will require a letter of support from this office, which will be handled according to the support letters procedure. Applicants who put forward a proposal to the Wellcome Trust should send a draft of their letter to by 7th September.  Funder deadline: 21st September 2015 (12:00)  If you have any queries please contact us at

SHEAR research consortia grants 2015
Natural Environment Research Council
These aim to support improved disaster resilience and humanitarian response by advancing monitoring, assessment and prediction of natural hazards and risks across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in order to reduce the impacts of disasters. Grants are worth up to £2 million per consortium for a duration of four years. The total budget is £8m. Closing date: 01 Sep 2015

Field equipment grant
British Society of Soil Science
This grant is designed to enable institutions to buy field equipment to aid in the instruction and understanding of soil science. Grants are worth up to £1,000. Closing date: 01 Sep 15  

Sustainable future programme grants
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
These support projects on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. The grants have a nominal average value of £50,000, but in actuality grants may range from a few hundred pounds to £100,000 and last up to three years. Closing date: 01 Sep 15 

Understanding and sustaining Brazilian biome resources
Natural Environment Research Council
This aims to improve the understanding of the role of biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems, the drivers and impact of change, and management and restorations options in Brazil. NERC will provide up to £2 million at 80 per cent full economic cost for UK-based researchers with FAPESP providing matched equivalent effort to Brazilian researchers Closing date: 02 Sep 15  

Action on maritime spatial planning in the northern European Atlantic
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
This call aims to stimulate the development of a cross-border, ecosystem-based approach towards maritime spatial planning among EU member states in the northern Atlantic region. One grant, worth up to €2.6 million at an EU co-financing rate of 80 per cent, is available over a period of two years. The action is expected to start by 1 December 2015. Closing date: 10 Sep 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on climate change mitigation
Directorate-General for the Environment
Funding supports best-practice, demonstration or pilot projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change resilience. The LIFE programme budget is approximately €3.46 billion. Each project may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Closing date: 15 Sep 15  

Pilot on-farm projects to test result-based remuneration schemes for the enhancement of biodiversity
Directorate-General for the Environment
Funding supports projects that aim to test result-based agri-environmental payment schemes on working farms as a contribution to stop the widespread degradation of agro-ecosystems, particularly grasslands. The budget is estimated at €500,000 to fund one or two proposals at a maximum EU co-financing rate of 70 per cent of total eligible costs. Closing date: 15 Sep 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on climate change adaptation
Directorate-General for the Environment
Funding supports best-practice, demonstration or pilot projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change adaptation. The programme budget is approximately €3.46 billion. Each project may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Closing date: 15 Sep 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on climate governance and information
Directorate-General for the Environment
Funding supports information, awareness and dissemination projects on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of EU policy-making within the climate field and promoting knowledge on sustainable development. The LIFE programme budget is approximately €3.46 billion. Each project may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. There is no limit on project length, but most projects last from two to five years. Closing date: 15 Sep 15  

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
These support research projects that address the challenge of predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture. The total budget of £3.5 million will fund projects at 80 per cent full economic cost. Projects with a duration of up to five years will be considered.
Closing date: 16 Sep 15
Deadline: Candidates from the University of Cambridge interested in applying for this grant should contact as early in the process as possible.

Mid-career fellowships
British Academy
These allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments to devote to the completion of a major piece of research within the humanities and social sciences. It is expected that 35 fellowships, worth £160,000 each, will be available. The British Academy’s contribution should represent 80 per cent of full economic costs for projects costing up to £200,000. Closing date: 17 Sep 15 (Forecast) 

Eurogia2020 call for projects
Funding supports multidisciplinary, innovative research and development projects on energy technologies that will reduce the carbon footprint of energy production, improve energy efficiency and that develop solar, wind, biomass or geothermal technologies. Funding is granted via EUREKA countries' national programmes. Closing date: 18 Sep 15 

Primate research grants
Primate Conservation
These provide support for original research that can be used to formulate and to implement conservation plans for the species studied. Funding of approximately US$2,500 is provided on average, with a maximum grant of US$5,000. Closing date: 20 Sep 15 

Collaborative awards in science
Wellcome Trust
These support groups of independent researchers pursuing problems across the areas of science, medical humanities, society and ethics, and innovation. Awards are normally worth up to £4 million over a period of up to five years. Closing date: 21 Sep 15 

Cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India
Arts and Humanities Research Council
This enables UK researchers and their Indian partners to build networks and partnerships that explore and develop key issues addressing the theme of cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India. Four to five awards are expected to be granted. Awards for UK partners cover 80 per cent of the project’s full economic cost and are worth between £24,000 and £36,000. Matched resources are available for Indian partners. Closing date: 22 Sep 15 

Mushrooms crop sector panel funding
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
This scheme aims to build a programme of applied research and knowledge transfer work intended to enable British growers of mushrooms to increase their efficiency, productivity, profitability, competitiveness, resilience, output and value. Closing date: 26 Sep 15  

Protected edibles crop sector panel funding
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
This scheme aims to build a programme of applied research and knowledge transfer work intended to enable British growers of protected edibles to increase their efficiency, productivity, profitability, competitiveness, resilience, output and value. Closing date: 26 Sep 15  

Newton institutional links grants – Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam
British Council
These provide small-scale seed funding for collaborations between the UK and one other country on specific areas linked to the country’s priorities and development needs. Grants are worth between £50,000 and £300,000 over two years and all partner countries must match funding.
Closing date: 28 Sep 15 

Birdfair/RSPB research fund for endangered birds
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
These enable researchers to undertake key projects on birds listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources as endangered, critically endangered or data-deficient. Grants of up to US$2,000 are available. Closing date: 30 Sep 15 (Forecast) 

Research network grant
British Society for Geomorphology
This aims to facilitate interactions between groups of researchers that will lead to the development of proposals for research council thematic programmes or discovery science grants. Grants are typically worth £2,000 each, and cover the cost of travel, meeting-room hire and data purchase.
Closing date: 30 Sep 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on environment and resource efficiency
Directorate-General for the Environment
This supports pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to environment and resource efficiency in the fields of water, waste, resource efficiency, environment and health, and air quality and emissions. The overall budget for traditional projects under the environment sub-programme is approximately €184 million and projects may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Closing date: 01 Oct 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on environmental governance and information
Directorate-General for the Environment
Funding supports information, awareness and dissemination projects that contribute to the development and implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation. The LIFE programme budget is approximately €3.46 billion, and the total budget for traditional projects under the environment sub-programme is approximately €184m. Each project may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Closing date: 07 Oct 15  

LIFE – traditional projects on nature and biodiversity
Directorate-General for the Environment
This supports pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the development and implementation of EU policy and legislation in the area of nature and biodiversity. The overall budget for traditional projects under the environment sub-programme is approximately €184 million and projects may request up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Closing date: 07 Oct 15  

UK mammals grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
These grants support work relating to the conservation of mammals in the British Isles and Eire. Grants are worth between £250 and £30,000, although the average amount granted to date has been about £9,000. Closing date: 13 Oct 15  

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme
Since 2011, with generous support of the University, the Isaac Newton Trust, and the Schools of Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences, the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme [CHRG] has supported a wide portfolio of research projects within the arts, humanities and social sciences. A substantial number of researchers using the Scheme have gone on to secure major project grants or have developed enduring collaborative networks, all of which is reflected in a thriving research community at Cambridge. There is clear evidence that undertaking pilot research or networking through a CHRG award has directly benefited subsequent research, generating higher-quality applications and improving success rates. Increased funding will be available, in a second phase of the Scheme between 2015-2019. The Scheme will support three tiers of activity:

Tier 1 – Newton Trust Small Grants - £1500 max
This tier continues to provide dedicated support for small-scale research activity, e.g. to scope a project, complete editorial tasks, assemble/manage data etc. This tier is particularly effective in assisting researchers to complete publications or to launch a new activity. Up to £30k in total will be awarded each year within Tier 1

Tier 2 – Standard Grants - £1-20,000
This tier supports a wide range of general research grants which may further develop an initial idea or enable preparatory work for a large-scale project. The scale of these grants also facilitates collaborative research.

Tier 3 – PSL/Exchange – up to £10,000
This tier assists Cambridge researchers to develop effective networks with researchers in Paris Sciences et Lettres – Up to £40k in total will be awarded each year within Tier 3.

The Scheme as a whole is intended for any researcher in the arts, humanities and social sciences holding a current contract of employment as an independent researcher - at the point of application - with either the University or a College. Please see the attached scheme notes for more specific information relating to eligibility within the individual tiers.

 The Scheme is now open for applications to support research projects in the 2015-16 academical year.

 Applications, (including, for Tier 2 only, a project proposal and an independent external reference, are to be submitted online at by close of business on 16 October 2015. Other application formats, or late applications, cannot be accepted.

 Questions about the Scheme may be directed to the Secretary of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences by email to

Innovation projects
Natural Environment Research Council
These support translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses. Each project may receive up to £125,000 at 80 per cent fuil economic cost over a maximum period of two years.
Closing date: 22 Oct 15  

Green infrastructure innovation projects call
Natural Environment Research Council
This aims to increase and accelerate the impact of research output by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly local policymakers and businesses such as planners, landscape architects and other consultancies to support the development of green infrastructures. Up to £125,000, or £100,000 at 80% full economic costs, may be requested over a maximum of two years. Closing date: 22 Oct 15 

Man and biosphere young scientists awards
These support young scientists conducting interdisciplinary research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.  Ten awards, worth a maximum of US$5,000 each, are available. Closing date: 31 Oct 15  

Small grants Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association
These grants enable students to attend academic conferences, travel for research purposes, visit libraries or other collections of research materials, visit laboratories or conduct fieldwork. Grants are worth up to £500 each. Closing date: 01 Nov 15 

All-discipline postgraduate student awardsFulbright Commission
These support UK citizens with the first year of their postgraduate study, doctoral study, visiting student research or special student research in any subject and at any accredited US university. Approximately 10 awards are available for a one-year period. Closing date: 06 Nov 15 

Fulbright/Elsevier data analytics award
Fulbright Commission
This is offered to a UK citizen for the first year of their postgraduate study in any field requiring data analysis to advance understanding of research in any field or across fields.One award is available for a period of one year.Closing date:06 Nov 15 

Research fellowships
Leverhulme Trust
These enable experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Fellowships are worth up to £50,000 each for a period between three and 24 months. Funding covers research expenses, and a contribution towards replacement costs or loss of earnings.Closing date: 12 Nov 15 

Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
National Science Foundation
The programme supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The budget for this call is US$11 million and up to eight grants, each worth up to US$2.5m over five years, may be funded. The BBSRC will contribute up to £2m. Closing date: 18 Nov 15 

ESRC celebrating impact prize
Economic and Social Research Council
This recognises and rewards ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts through their research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities. A prize of £10,000 will be made to the winners of each  category. Second prizes are worth £5,000. Closing date: 20 Nov 15 (Forecast) 

Prize essay competition
Agricultural Economics Society
This recognises a suitable essay on any aspect of agricultural economics.The prize is worth £1,000. Closing date: 30 Nov 15 

Grants in herpetology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
This program is intended to provide financial support for deserving individuals or organizations involved in herpetological research, education or conservation. Closing date: 15 Dec 15 (Forecast)  

Small conservation awards
Oriental Bird Club
These support projects involving threatened bird species and their habitats, and those aiming to raise conservation awareness. Funding is worth up to £1,500 for projects lasting 12 to 18 months. Closing date: 15 Dec 15  

Young scientist research award 
Commonwealth Forestry Association
This supports students undertaking forest-related research in pursuit of an academic qualification. The award is worth up to £500. Closing date: 31 Dec 15 

Grants in 2016

Project grants
Conservation, Food and Health Foundation
These support non-profit, non-governmental organisations to build capacity within the developing countries in the fields of conservation, food, and health. The average award amount is US$17,000 and grants rarely exceed US$25,000. Closing date: 01 Jan 16  

Study abroad studentships
Leverhulme Trust
These support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning overseas, excluding the US.
Studentships comprise £18,000 per year for basic maintenance costs, a dependent partner allowance of £6,000, return airfare and baggage allowance. They support periods between 12 and 24 months. Closing date: 11 Jan 16  

Small research grants
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Grants are awarded as either RGS-IBG small research grants, the 20th International Geographical Congress Fund award or the Jasmin Leila award. Funds can be used for travel, maintenance, data collection and temporary research assistance. Awards are worth between £250 and £3,000. Closing date: 18 Jan 16  

Standard research grants 
Natural Environment Research Council
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. Grants are worth between £65,000 and £800,000 at 100 per cent full economic cost. Closing date: 21 Jan 16 (Forecast) 

Large grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research projects tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other funding opportunities. Grants are worth between £1.2 million and £3.7m each, for a duration of up to five years.  Closing date: 10 Mar 16 (Forecast) 

Junior professorship for sustainable use of renewable natural resources 
Robert Bosch Stiftung
The professorship seeks to support a young outstanding scientist and to contribute to a better standing of the emerging field of sustainability science in Germany. Up to €1 million is available for independent research over five years at a German research institution or university. Closing date: 18 May 16 (Forecast)

Coming Soon

Student research scholarships
Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International will shortly be inviting applications for its student research scholarships. Closing date information has not been confirmed, but the call is expected to open in January 2015. The following information is subject to change. These enable students to conduct research on conserving bats and the ecosystems they serve worldwide. Scholarships are worth up to US$5,000 each. Closing date: 15 Dec 15 (Forecast) 

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative: open data research and capacity-building 
Department for International Development
The Department for International Development will shortly be inviting tenders for its Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative: open data research and capacity-building. The tender is expected to open for applications  The provided deadline of 13 May 2016 is not final and the confirmed closing date will be announced soon. The following call details are subject to change. The tenderer must deliver a suite of agricultural and nutritional open data research and capacity-building activities under the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The contract is expected to start in December 2015 and last for a period of 48 months. 

European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability grant (EIP-Agri)
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, in collaboration with the Rural Payments Agency and the Rural Development Programme for England Network, will shortly be inviting applications for the EIP-Agri grants, under the countryside productivity scheme. Applications are expected to be invited in summer 2015, however applicants may already now submit idea outlines. The following information is subject to change. These grants support projects which link research, farming and forestry practice to encourage innovation and improve productivity and sustainability in the agricultural sector. Grants are worth between £5,000 and £150,000 for up to three years. 

Resilience of the UK food systems in a global context
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and four other funders, under their global food security programme, will soon be inviting applications for their call on resilience of the UK food systems in a global context. This is expected to be launched in September 2015. The following information is subject to change. Funding supports interdisciplinary projects addressing key themes related to the resilience of the UK food systems in a global context. The total budget is worth up to £7 million and approximately four to six projects will be funded.

Talks and Events

Winton Symposium on Green Computing
Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Labortory
28th September, 9.30am to 4.30pm
The theme for the fourth annual Winton Symposium will be “Green Computing”.  The one-day Symposium will cover topics ranging from new materials and architectures for low power consumption computing, to computer-based applications which can benefit our environment.

Science Funding Opportunities in Poland: information session for researchers
Monday, 28 September 2015 from 11:00 to 12:30
The Polish Foundation for Science is giving a workshop organised  by the British Embassy in Cambridge. The workshops will be about their new International Research Agendas programme: “In the next 8 years Poland will spend over 120 million Euro of the EU Structural Funds to create new research centers of excellence within the International Research Agendas programme (2015-2023). Each new research center will be created in close collaboration with an excellent partner institution from abroad. The scientific partner institution will participate in the recruitment procedures and in the shaping of the scientific agenda of the emerging institution.”

Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector
28th-29th September 2015, Cambridge, UK

AWiSE Communication skills master class
Dr Jane Goodall (Dept of Medicine)
13th October 2015

Student Conference on Conservation Science: Cambridge, UK on 22-24 March 2016
The conference series aims to bring together conservation scientists in the early stages of their research careers.  SCCS also uses its location in Cambridge to build firm links between the new generation of conservation scientists and the many national and international conservation agencies based nearby. The conference has an internship scheme, which is available for conference delegates from developing and eastern European countries.  This scheme enables student delegates to spend up to one month after the conference with a UK-based NGO or university department carrying out a conservation-related project of mutual interest.  Internship applicants are required to submit their application by 16 October 2015.Please note that the internship period will begin on Good Friday 25 March 2016.The closing date for applications to the conference is 23 October 2015 at 10:00 GMT. 


Watercolour- Elements of nature
Until Sun 27 September
Fitzwilliam Museum

London’s inaugural BX2015 Behavioural Insights Conference
This cutting-edge two day event brings together the world’s leading behavioural insights experts with policy makers and
practitioners to explore how they can make better and smarter policies that matter
2nd to 3rd September

7th Annual BIOECON Conference Experimental and Behavioural Economics and the Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
13-15 September 2015, Kings College, Cambridge

The interaction of fire and mankind
Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Professor Claire Belcher and Dr Chris Roos
14th to 15th September, The Royal Society, London UK 

Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: Growing Wisdom, Changing People
The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation from Rowan Williams to participate in an open dialogue in Cambridge 16 and 17 September 2015. The overall theme is Universal Responsibility. The focus of this two-day event will on genuine dialogue. We will create a space where young people and leading thinkers and practitioners can explore in conversation with Lord Williams and His Holiness the concept of Universal Responsibility and what it can mean for the world. Topics of conversation will be drawn from the questions, ideas and concerns of the younger participants. Our vision is to help empower a rising generation of young people with a sense of the extraordinary possibilities of dialogue.

Conference | Economics of innovation, diffusion, growth and the environment
The conference will cover a wide range of topics in the area of the economics of growth, development and technological change, including but not limited to: innovation in clean technologies (including fiscal and regulatory incentives for clean technology development), technology diffusion (including the role of intellectual property rights), growth and environmental policy, technology agreements and global environmental policy. The conference will be will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues related to the areas of the economics of innovation, growth and the environment.
16 September  - 18 September, 2015, Royal Society of Arts, London

CCF Summer Symposium 
CCF's 2015 Summer Symposium is now to be held on Monday 21st September so we can hold it in the usual venue, the Cambridge Judge Business School. The Symposium will still have the theme 'People and Nature'.

Public lecture | Midnight in Paris: will COP 21 make a difference?
The Grantham Research Institute in collaboration with the Department of Geography, LSE
Professor Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resources Economics, Columbia University
5pm, London School of Economics and Political Science, London

Global Climate Change Week
19th to 25th October
Climate change poses a major threat to sustainable development. To quote from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report: ‘climate impacts are expected to slow economic growth and exacerbate poverty, and current failures to address emerging impacts are already eroding the basis for sustainable development’ (Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change: ch. 4 (, Box 4.1, p. 291). For this reason, it is important for all scholars concerned about sustainable development to take action on climate change. One new way for academics in particular to do so is by taking part in Global Climate Change Week (, an initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change. It will run from October 19-25 this year in the lead-up to the UN Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris in December. This will be the first time that academics from across academia and around the world have united to create such an event.

4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development
Hamburg, 9th to 11th September 2015

The future of food – the future of biodiversity?
A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption
ZSL, 21st to 22nd October 2015

8th Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference
South Africa, 9th to 13th November 2015

ESPA 2015 Annual Science Conference
London, UK, 25th to 26th November 2015

Global Landscapes Forum/Paris
5th – 6th December 2015

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Global Events

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)
Paris, Ile-De-France, France 8 Sep - 9 Sep

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015
worldwide 12 Sep

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity
Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 14 Sep - 17 Sep

Opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)
New York City, US 15 Sep

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly
New York City, US 25 Sep

UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
New York City, US 25 Sep - 27 Sep

Research Papers


The ecology and economics of shorebird conservation in a tropical human-modified landscape
Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance

How New Caledonian crows solve novel foraging problems and what it means for cumulative culture

Conserving nature out of fear or knowledge? Using threatening versus connecting messages to generate support for environmental causes


Design of Sustainable Biofuel Processes and Supply Chains: Challenges and Opportunities

“Not Promising a Landfall …”: An Autotopographical Account of Loss of Place, Memory and Landscape

Beliefs, politics, and environmental policy

A Case Study Of Urban Trees, Public Health And Social Equity

Listening to Birds in the Anthropocene: The Anxious Semiotics of Sound in a Human-Dominated World

Reframing the land-sparing/land-sharing debate for biodiversity conservation

A geographical biography of a nature writer

Walk in my shoes: Nudging for empathy conservation

Naming Plants in The Garden by Vita Sackville-West

From the inside out to the outside in: Exploring the role of parks and protected areas as providers of human health and well-being

Agricultural investment and rural transformation: a case study of the Makeni bioenergy project in Sierra Leone

Assessing the structure of UK environmental concern and its association with pro-environmental behaviour

Relations between economic wealth, ecological footprint, and environmental protection depend on climatic demands

Urban planning with respect to environmental quality and human well-being

“Icthyologue”: Freshwater Biology in the Poetry of Ted Hughes

The moral basis for conservation: how is it affected by culture?

Do conservation and agri-environmental regulations effectively support traditional small-scale farming in East-Central European cultural landscapes?

Ecosystem stewardship: A resilience framework for arctic conservation

Citizen Science Combined with Environmental Education can be a Powerful Tool for Coastal-Marine Management

Discovery of an island population of dwarf lemurs (Cheirogaleidae:Cheirogaleus ) on Nosy Hara, far northern Madagascar

Impact of mining activity on butterfly diversity and community composition

Forging the Future of Grassland Research

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health

Built for living Understanding behaviour and the built environment through engineering and design Report from a series of three workshops hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering, RIBA and Arup


Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility Volumes 1 & 2
edited by Dima Jamali, Charlotte Karam and Michael Blowfield
Globalization and the professionalization of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have led to a surge of CSR activities claiming to support development across the globe. In this two volume series, the editors explore this claim through nuanced debate about the potentialities, limitations and threats of development-oriented CSR in the developing world at both the global and local levels.  

Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands
Mark Avery
Inglorious makes the case for banning driven grouse shooting. The facts and arguments are presented fairly but the author, Mark Avery, states from the start why he has, after many years of soul-searching, come down in favour of an outright ban. There is too much illegal killing of wildlife, such as Buzzards, Golden Eagles, and, most egregiously of all, Hen Harriers; and, as a land use, it wrecks the ecology of the hills.

Ecopsychology: Advances from the Intersection of Psychology and Environmental Protection
Darlyne G Nemeth, Robert B Hamilton, Judy Kuriansky
This set offers the first comprehensive and holistic understanding of how our human activities are very rapidly changing the earth's environment and harming its inhabitants. Since our present path of population growth and use of finite global resources is unsustainable, we must find new ways to protect our environment and our future. Offering unique perspectives and guidance toward holistic new solutions, this reader-friendly anthology serves a vast audience in the fields of psychology and environmental studies as well as scientists, humanitarians, educations, and policymakers.

Research News

Explore Roman history at Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve

Without humans, the whole world could look like Serengeti
Thinking Like a human Blog: On the Conservation of Trolls

100 days to COP21: Why should business take impactful action on climate change?

Life history trade-offs: why tropical songbirds have fewer chicks

Largest Ever Citizen Consultation on Climate Change

New interactive map on wastewater treatment performance

Ocean holds the key to superior nutrition and sustainability

ESPA Researcher wins 2015 Young Women in Conservation Biology Award

Ring-Tailed Lemurs Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade

Accelerating forage breeding to boost livestock productivity

Distanciation: a key challenge for 21st Century conservation

Massive Online Open Course: "Planetary boundaries and human opportunities" open for enrollment

UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Conserving soil: precious, finite and under threat

UNEP Circulates Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

Tropical islands restored to save rare bird

Modelling power-plant emissions by the hour can improve health

UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking

Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide

Stop mangrove destruction in Indonesia to slow climate change

How 16th Century observations paved the way for Darwin's landmark study

People power to help tackle tree disease: Observatree - New tree health ‘early warning system’ established
Revolutionary tidal fence is set to trap the sea’s power

Why women see climate change differently

Unprecedented worldwide biodiversity study: Findings indicate both high, low productivity regions have reduced plant species diversity

Drones and driverless tractors – is this the future of farming?

New website and launch of the ‘Urban Governance Survey’ 2015 edition

Ancient woods threatened by HS2 up from 83 to 97

The Dhaka slum being transformed by women

Horizon 2020 Impact Guide published

Why tackling poverty is the key to saving Madagascar’s forests and their iconic lemurs

Rewilding isn't about nostalgia - exciting new worlds are possible

The unexpected one: A new pale nectar-feeding bat species found in brazil 

Other News

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions
National Environmental Science Programme – Threatened Species Recovery Hub
We are seeking highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows (up to five positions) to be part of an exciting team committed to improving the outcomes of Australia's threatened species and ecological communities.  The roles will involve specific outcome-oriented research related to a range of projects focusing on: cost effective biodiversity offsetting; threatened plants conservation listing and prioritisation; threatened species monitoring and environmental accounts; ecosystem modelling; prioritisation of threat eradication and species reintroduction; spatial planning; and threatened species management, particularly invasive predators. Appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be required to work on one or more of the above topics to develop solutions that will meet the research priorities of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Applications close: 25 Sep 2015 (11:55 PM)

Two exciting vacancies with the Gola Rainforest Programme/RSPB

An exciting and innovative opportunity within the Gola Rainforest Programme which is an long-term initiative supporting the management of a critical landscape in Sierra Leone which is a global priority for biodiversity conservation. As part of a Comic Relief funded project with Twin and the Rainforest Alliance, the RSPB is seeking a dynamic Project Manager-Rainforest Friendly Cocoa. Deadline for applications 15th September. More information on

The Gola Rainforest Programme is an exciting long-term initiative supporting the management of a critical landscape in Sierra Leone which is a global priority for biodiversity conservation. The RSPB is seeking a dynamic Technical Advisor for Operations to provide technical and operational support to the Programme to deliver the objectives of a REDD Project. Deadline for applications 15thSeptember. More information on

Consilience, The Journal of Sustainable Devlopment
Issue XV Call for Submissions
Consilience is an open access, online, global, interdisciplinary, solutions-oriented platform dedicated to promoting dialogue on sustainable development. Consilience is now accepting submissions for their fifteenth issue as well as for their Briefings column.

Dr Yaméogo Lassane – collaborative work in Burkina Faso
Do you have an interest in co-research in Burkina Faso?  Dr Lassane is a lecturer in the Department of Geography in the University of Ouagadougou. His topics of interest deal with water managment resources, territorial development, participation and forest managment around protected areas, city supply in food and essentials services (water, sanitation, mobility).  If you are interested please contact him via his email:

Building a Resilient Environment
Climate UK (in partnership with the Environment Agency's Climate Ready service) has published an updated suite of adaptation to climate change training materials for local authority officers, elected members and communities involved in the Town and Country Planning process. 

Helping you Manage your Research Data
The University of Cambridge is seeking feedback from all researchers and research students regarding what research data management support should look like at the University.

The Research Data Team have prepared a short questionnaire for researchers and research students to complete, the survey is anonymous.If you have any questions please contact

Call for Papers

Call for submissions, Zoomorphic magazine. Deadline 7 Sept
ASLE UK are planning to publish their third issue on October 4th, World Animal Day, as their poetry editor, Susan Richardson, is currently poet-in-residence with this global animal welfare initiative. For this special issue, therefore, we’re seeking work that specifically addresses the themes of animal welfare and vulnerable/endangered species.

All submissions by Monday 7th September

Call for Papers: Adaption Futures Conference 2016
Biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The submission of abstracts is now welcome under one of the following seven themes: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem based adaptation; disaster risk reduction; and the Arctic. 

CFP Workshop on Technology, Environment & Modern Britain, UCL, 27 April 2016
Call for papers: Technology, Environment and Modern Britain
Deadline 1 Dec

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