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 Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) conducts interdisciplinary research to address the most important health issues facing rural communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The institute aims to 'shine a light' on the unacceptable health inequities that exist across the rural-urban divide and to find innovative ways of reducing or ideally eliminating that inequality.

The institute brings together world-leading specialists, conducting research across a range of rural health related concerns, ranging from infectious disease epidemiology, HIV, oral health, and emergent response analysis through to sustainable remote health care delivery solutions, meta-governance approaches, and m-health technological innovation.

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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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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‚Äôs 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 Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS)

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control, and interaction in autonomous systems, especially mobile robots and robotic manipulators.

Areas of application include agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation, logistics, nuclear robotics, service robotics, and space robotics.

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The Future of Farming

In the future, farming and food production will be transformed by efficient new robotic systems, and researchers at the University of Lincoln are at the forefront of this exciting research.