Malham, Yorkshire

Located in a rural region, the University of Lincoln is alert to the particular challenges and opportunities facing non-urban communities in the UK and around the world. Our research on rurality encompasses a broad spectrum of issues, including rural health and care; agriculture and food manufacturing, ‘from farm to fork’, with a particular focus on robotics and other advanced technologies; and the rural economy, examining issues such as productivity, green supply chains, logistics and the circular economy, and small and microbusinesses. Lincoln researchers are also actively addressing the ways in which societal challenges, such as migration, affect rural communities.

Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health

The newly formed LIIRH will conduct world-class research that focuses on the greatest health issues facing rural communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Through their research, academic teams will examine the characteristic challenges these communities face, such as lack of healthcare facilities, poor transport infrastructure, workforce skills gaps, health inequalities, and poverty.

Working in partnership with a network of national and international collaborators, and acting in conjunction with the new Lincoln Medical School, the Institute is seeking to establish itself as the preeminent rural health institution worldwide.

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Flooded fields

Agricultural Resilience to Coastal Flooding

At the University of Lincoln, experts in agriculture, soil science, and rural economics are spearheading efforts to understand the risks our farmers face from coastal flooding, and ensure that they are protected, prepared, and equipped for the future.

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Robot at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) is a specialist research institute that aims to support and enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in food and farming.

Researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain. One of the Institute’s core aims is to connect academic expertise with partners in industry to pursue world class research and address real-world challenges, advancing state-of-the-art agri-food technology and improving the bottom line for businesses.

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Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide

A team of leading economic development specialists have produced a comprehensive guide on how to set up and run high-tech digital hubs in remote and rural locations which might otherwise suffer from a lack of digital infrastructure.

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Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH)

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. 

The group's specialisms include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals.

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