Centre for Ethics and Law


Research Council judges UCL Research Project on Satellites and Environmental Law as “Outstanding”

1 April 2012

Research Project
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has recently assessed the major three-year research project awarded to UCL Laws between 2005 and 2008 on the use of satellite technology as a compliance tool for environmental enforcement, and given it its highest rating of Outstanding.

The project was directed in Laws by Professor Richard Macrory, with Ray Purdy, Senior Research Fellow, as the lead researcher.

The project, with collaboration from the Dept of Geography, explored the potential and significance of employing satellite monitoring data as a compliance tool, in the context of current step changes in resolution capabilities, geographical coverage, and costs of the technology. The AHRC Assessment commented that the research was clearly valuable, with high impact, and was very complimentary about the degree of “very significant” collaborations and interaction, both formal and informal, that had been carried out during the research. It concluded that the project was “excellent value for money”.

Details of the project and its conclusions can be found on:
Centre for Law and the Environment website 
Other UCL Laws Research Projects