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From testing plastic eating bacteria to creating carbon-absorbing bio-curtains, UCL researchers are leading the way in global sustainability. Their work provides important insights into how we can operate within planetary limits, use resources sustainably, and create a healthy and liveable world for people and planet now and in the future. Explore some of our research groups below to find out more about their work.

Can your research solve UCL's Sustainability Challenges?

Our Living Lab programme is your opportunity to solve UCL’s sustainability challenges through research and teaching, and to lead the debate on everything from the climate emergency to plastic waste. Find out more here.

Sustainability Research at UCL

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Clean Air Network

The UCL Clean Air Network showcases the research on clean air conducted by UCL in collaboration with London hospitals, building on the Clean Air Hospital Framework (CAHF). 

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Environment Research

The UCL Environment Domain aims to connect UCL's research community working on environmentally relevant research activity to support the development of new insights and expertise. 

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UCL Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is the name for a proposed geological epoch, but it also marks a series of emergencies and unpredictable events which UCL researchers are working to articulate and address together. 

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Plastics Waste Hub

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including scientists, engineers, designers, and social scientists, taking a design-led approach to the issue of plastic waste.

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Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience

USAR carries out world-leading, interdisciplinary research in sustainability and resilience in the urban environment. A postgraduate programme working with industry & NGOs.

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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

UCL ISR generates knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and trains the future leaders of this field. 

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Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)

Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) is an interdisciplinary centre within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment.
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UCL Circular Economy Lab

The Circular Economy Lab is an exciting cross-faculty, cross-discipline initiative, aiming to use UCL's expertise to improve the design of buildings and products, their re-use and recycling, and the return of their constituent materials back to the economy.

Sustainability Research: Published by the academic community

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