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Sustainability

Our work on sustainability is wide-ranging. We seek to understand the dynamics of responses to climate change, and routinely collaborate with industry-leading consultants and leading academics to address the complex needs of our client organisations.

We conduct research around the following themes.

Housing and the home

We have conducted leading UK studies into fuel poverty and the response of government bodies to this issue. Our work has included evaluations of the Warm Front Scheme and Decent Homes programmes.

We bring together technical expertise – working with our partners in the Materials and Engineering Research Institute – to address fuel poverty with a detailed understanding of behavioural responses to housing improvements. We are currently exploring the experiences of residents living in eco-homes.

Place

Our research shows the importance of place-based approaches to sustainability, and helps organisations to evaluate their practical responses.

Our work includes studies on district heat networks, neighbourhood level housing improvements and the mainstreaming of sustainability in economic development programmes.

Coordinating responses to climate change

We have shown the challenges faced by local, regional and national organisations in coordinating responses to climate change.

Our work includes studies into the use of sustainability as cross-cutting themes in EU programmes, through to the role of environmental partnerships at local and regional levels.

Valuation of environmental benefits

We have undertaken research for organisations such as DEFRA and Groundwork into the valuation of environmental benefits and the economic benefits from environmental improvements.

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Being Warm Being Happy: Understanding Disability Fuel Poverty and Energy Vulnerability for Adults with a Learning Disability

Project Director: Professor Angela Tod (University of Sheffield) 
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Being Warm Being Happy is a collaborative project to find out if people with learning disabilities are able to keep themselves warm at home.


Green Leaders evaluation

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

Groundwork’s Green Leaders programme aims to give 900 disadvantaged young people (aged 14-19) a stepping stone to future employment by recruiting them to lead local environmental projects. In doing so, the programme also aims to make local environmental improvements and catalyse climate action in local communities. The evaluation involves tracking outcomes through a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as providing learning to projects throughout the duration of the programme


Evaluation of the Tesco Bags of Help community grants programme

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

The Tesco Bags of Help community grants programme disburses funds collected through the single-use carrier bag charge in England and Scotland through grants for community organisations to make improvements to public space. This mixed methods evaluation will explore the impact of the grants on people, projects and on perceptions of environmental action and the role of business in environmental enhancement.


People-centred energy in Yorkshire and Humber

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2018

This project is an exciting collaboration between CRESR, Community Energy England, Sheffield City Council and Zero Carbon Yorkshire. It will produce a compelling and robust evidence base to better understand the barriers and opportunities for local and community energy in the Yorkshire and Humber region, culminating in the launch of a Yorkshire and Humber Energy Vision, and the Yorkshire and Humber Energy Forum.


Home Temperature in Later Life (HOTELL) project

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2018

Cold homes and fuel poverty have a direct impact on health and affect cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, mental health and excess winter illness and death. The majority of excess winter deaths occur amongst people aged 75 and over and people living in the coldest homes are at greater risk of dying than those in warm homes.  The Home Temperature in Later Life (HOTELL) project is analysing the Care 75+ data to explore vulnerability to cold home temperatures and examine links between health and wellbeing and indoor temperature.  The analysis will help identify why some older people might be at greater risk of illness and death during winter so that interventions can be better targeted and will also be used to develop further research.


Staff undertaking research include

Aimee Ambrose Jan Gilbertson Dr Will Eadson Dr Tony Gore

Get in touch

For further information please contact Aimee Ambrose at a.ambrose@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6297.

Key clients

Amber Valley Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
Business and trade associations
Community Energy England
Consumer Council for Water
Consumer Council for Water
DEFRA
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Durham County Council
Eaga Charitable Trust
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Furness Enterprise Ltd
Government Office for Science (BIS)
Groundwork UK
Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Labour Party
Lambeth Council
Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Local authorities
Local enterprise partnerships
Royal College of General Practitioners
Small Business Service
Tesco
The Higher Education Innovation Fund
United Utilities
Welsh Assembly Government
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
Wigan Council
Zero Carbon Yorkshire
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